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PM: Ball in Dems’ court


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PM: Ball in Dems’ court
Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley (centre) speaking to the media after the first sitting of Parliament yesterday, flanked by Minister of Home Affairs and Information Wilfred Abrahams (left) and Attorney General Dale Marshall. - (Picture by Jameel Springer.)

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The Democratic Labour Party (DLP) must now decide whether it will be accepting Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley’s offer of the Opposition Senate seats, following a constitutional amendment laid in Parliament yesterday.

Speaking to the media immediately after the first sitting of Parliament since the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) won all 30 seats at the January 19 poll, Mottley said her administration had brought the proposed amendment to allow for the party with the second-most votes in the General Election to select the two senators, a right currently solely reserved for the Opposition Leader.

Should the DLP refuse to take up the provision, then the offer will go to the Bishop Joseph Atherley-led Alliance Party for Progress (APP), as it amassed the third-highest number of votes in the election.

When contacted, interim DLP president Steve Blackett said the party was still contemplating the offer, adding they will only decide if the provision was fully covered under the law. (CLM)

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