No Extension of State Of Emergency in Jamaica

Parliament in Jamaica failed to get the two-third majority, despite an urgent plea from Prime Minister Andrew Holness, to extend the current State of Emergencies in key crime-spot areas across the country.

A two thirds majority or 42 “yes” votes was required for the extensions, but Opposition MPs voted against the extension, which totaled 21 and 33 Government MPS voted in favor, totaling 33.

The three States of Emergencies were implemented earlier this year; the parish of St. James on January 18, St. Catherine North on March 18 and Kingston Western, Central and St. Andrew South on September 23.

Opposition leader Dr. Peter Phillips said that the country does not a State of Emergency to feel safe and will support other reasonable measures but not an extension.

In a bit of a concession, the Opposition did however, vote with the government to extend the zones of special operations (ZOSOs) in two areas in St. James and Kingston.

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