Parliament Votes to Extend St James State of Emergency

The House of Representatives yesterday voted unanimously to extend the State of Public Emergency in St. James by an additional 90 days.

In making the case for the extension, Prime Minister Andrew Holness told the House of Representatives that the enhanced security measure has been successful.

Provided the Senate, in a special sitting of the Upper House today, approves the extension, the public emergency measure in the parish will be maintained until August 2.

Prime Minister Holness also addressed concerns about the detention of residents during the State of Emergency.

He says despite what’s being suggested people are not being held arbitrarily.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Holness says there has been a warming of the relations between residents in St. James and members of the security forces.

This, he says, will provide long-term and sustained benefits when normal policing returns to the parish.

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