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No show for Progressives, meeting on hold

Progressives members didn't show up for the special meeting called by Speaker Hon. Juliana O'Connor Connolly.
Progressives members didn’t show up for the special meeting called by Speaker Hon. Juliana O’Connor Connolly.

A special meeting of the Legislative Assembly was adjourned until 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, 13 April) as a result of not enough members showing up.

According to the Constitution, there needs to be 10 members, in addition to the Speaker, in order for quorum to be met.

As promised, the premier and his team of Progressives were no-shows for this morning’s session. The meeting was called by independents and opposition members to address the police response in the “Missing five” case and their lack of confidence in the RCIPS top brass.

Cabinet Minister Hon. Tara Rivers, an independent member, was the only elected member from the government bench to attend the morning meeting. She was the one to call for the meeting to be suspended on the grounds that quorum had not been met. Opposition Leader Hon. McKeeva Bush blasted the Minister Rivers for her role in the proceedings saying she should not have made that call.

House Speaker Hon. Juliana O’Connor Connolly set the afternoon meeting for 2 p.m. and noted there was a “parliamentary process” defined under the LA standing orders if those members did not show up at that time.

The government wants the motions moved to the meeting it has called for later this month on 25 April but North Side MLA Ezzard Miller has told Cayman 27 (Tuesday 12 April) the motions could not be moved to that date because he, as one of the movers, already has three private member’s motions filed for that meeting and this motion would exceed that quota.

 

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Tammi Sulliman

Tammi Sulliman

Tammi Sulliman is a Caribbean journalist with more than 15 years in the industry. Her roots steeped in print journalism, she made the transition to television in 2007. A reporter and talk show host in the Cayman Islands, she has focused on political and social issues affecting the community. She took the helm of the news product at Hurley's Media Ltd. as News Director in November, 2015. Ms Sulliman was raised in Trinidad & Tobago and graduated with honours in French Linguistics and Professional Writing from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. She is a proud mother and privileged to call the Cayman Islands home.

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