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JAMAICA | Opposition to discuss crime-fighting measures with Gov't.

Leader of Jamaica's Parliamentary Opposition, and President of the PNP, Dr. Peter Phillips, MP. Leader of Jamaica's Parliamentary Opposition, and President of the PNP, Dr. Peter Phillips, MP.
KINGSTON, Jamaica December 21, 2018 - The Parliamentary Opposition says his team has agreed to meet with Prime Minister Andrew Holness to discuss the vexing question of crime fighting rather than measures to extend the States of Emergency.

In his Letter to Dr. Phillips, Mr. Holness said he wanted to arrive at an agreement with Dr. Phillips which would result in continuation of the  State of Emergency security measure.

Mr. Holness said private citizens and civil society have stated that the government and opposition should be united in the fight against crime. He said they have expressed the view that the security measure should continue.

Dr. Phillips However, in his response to the Prime Minister, said his team, in discussion with stakeholders, have found that there was an overwhelming consensus among that the use of emergency powers was not the only way to control criminal activity.

The Opposition Leader pointed out in his letter that his team has "received advice from several constitutional experts that any extension of the States of Emergency in current circumstances would be unconstitutional and illegal."

He added that "most of the powers available under a State of Emergency are permitted under other legislation, which will allow for the implementation of solutions beyond usual law enforcement measures."

 
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