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Only Speaker can recall Parliament | Local News | trinidadexpress.com

The constitutional laws of Trinidad and Tobago are currently at the forefront of discussions between the leader of the Opposition, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, and Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley. This is following when the Prime Minister instructed the Leader of Government Business to recall Parliament while it is in a fixed recess.

Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday said that this is unlawful as it is the Speaker of the House of Representatives who has the power to do so. She added that if the Leader of Government Business, Camille Robinson-Regis, sends notice, she will not attend the sitting.

Kamla Persad-Bissessar went on to explain that the Constitution states there should be a separation of powers and, in this case, the Prime Minister cannot instruct the Leader of Government Business to recall the Parliament when it is in recess. She also mentioned that there are standing orders concerning this which, if the Leader of Government Business recalls the Parliament, will be in breach of law.

At a People’s National Movement public meeting in Tunapuna on Thursday night, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said that there were errors to the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property Act and he had instructed the Leader of Government Business to recall Parliament. Kamla Persad-Bissessar is claiming that this is because the Government is attempting to ‘clean up the mess’ which occurred from the Minister of Finance issuing two legal notices. These two legal notices which are being claimed to be illegal, null, and void, and of no legal effect.

The Oppostion Leader believes that the Government is trying to weaken the law and, if the Speaker is convinced of the Government’s argument, then the clerk will recall parliamentarians. Kamla Persad-Bissessar went on to explain that the Opposition have no objections to foreign persons visiting Trinidad and Tobago, however, the Government needs to act in accordance with the law.

In conclusion, the constitutional laws of Trinidad and Tobago are currently being challenged by the Leader of the Opposition, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, and Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley. This is following Prime Minister’s instruction to the Leader of Government Business to recall Parliament while it is in a fixed recess. The Oppostion Leader has said that it is unlawful for the Prime Minister to instruct the recall and that the Speaker of the House of Representatives has the power to do so. There are also two legal notices which are being alleged to be illegal. The final outcome of the discussions are yet to be seen

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