Saturday 19 September, 2020

President speaks on status of PM, ministers

President Paula-Mae Weekes' office clarifies status of prime minister and ministers amid misinformation.

President Paula-Mae Weekes' office clarifies status of prime minister and ministers amid misinformation.

The Office of the President (OTP) is seeking to clarify the procedure that follows a general election.

This follows misinformation being spread on social media regarding the current status of the prime minister, ministers and other Members of Parliament.

President Paula-Mae Weekes said in a statement that the process to appoint or reappoint a prime minister and Ministers of Government along with the Senate president and House Speaker lies in the constitution.

She noted:

“Prime Minister (Section 77)

After any dissolution of Parliament, the prime minister vacates office only after he is informed by the president that he is to be re-appointed or that she is appointing someone else as prime minister.

Ministers of Government (Section 77)

Ministers vacate office only after any person is appointed or re-appointed as prime minister.

President of the Senate (Section 45)

The president of the Senate remains Senate president after the dissolution of Parliament until the Senate first meets after that dissolution. At that first meeting, the Senators will elect a President from among themselves.

Speaker of the House (Section 50)

The Speaker of the House remains Speaker after the dissolution of Parliament until the House of Representatives first meets after that dissolution. At that first meeting, the members of the House will elect a Speaker from among themselves.”

The OTP said it hoped the information puts to rest any unease felt by citizens.

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