The government has announced a delay in the naming of a constitutional reform committee tasked with guiding Jamaica’s push to become a republic.

Legal Affairs Minister, Marlene Malahoo Forte, says the delay is to accommodate the holding of Vale Royal talks with the Opposition.

The Minister was speaking in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

She was providing a third update in as many weeks on Jamaica’s move to abolish the British Monarchy as our head of state.

Mrs Malahoo-Forte continues to express her disappointment with the Opposition’s unwillingness to name members to the committee at this time.

Opposition Leader, Mark Golding, has called on the government to outline its intentions regarding constitutional reform, noting the Minister’s statements regarding amending the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms.

However, Minister Malahoo-Forte, told the House that she currently doesn’t have that information.

Marlene Malahoo Forte, Minister of Legal and Constitutional Affairs.

She says the government hopes to name the members of the reform committee before the end of the month.

Meanwhile, Opposition Leader, Mark Golding called the Constitutional Affairs Minister’s stance unacceptable.

Mr. Golding has previously raised concerns over the government’s intention to update the country’s laws relating to emergency powers.

He’s also stated his unwillingness to adjust the two-thirds requirement in both houses of Parliament needed to extend a State of Public Emergency.

The Opposition Leader says expecting an understanding as to where the government stands on these issues is not unreasonable.

Mark Golding, Leader of the Opposition