Minister of Legal and Constitutional Affairs, Marlene Malahoo Forte, says the government will press ahead with a referendum on constitutional reform, if it fails to secure the support of the Opposition.

The Government and Opposition are at odds on how to proceed with Jamaica’s transition towards becoming a republic.

Malahoo-Forte, has expressed disappointment that Opposition Leader, Mark Golding, has chosen not to name members to a constitutional reform committee being established to guide the process.

The Opposition Leader has been critical of a six month delay between the time he wrote to the Minister seeking clarity on the government’s plans and when she responded to his letter.

Mr. Golding says his request for additional information is reasonable.

Malahoo Forte says the government is taking on constitutional reform in three stages.

Marlene Malahoo Forte, Minister of Legal and Constitutional Affairs.

In the meantime, Minister Malahoo Forte, is questioning the Opposition Leader’s stance on the issues regarding the constitutional reform activities.

She says it appears PNP President, Mark Golding, is confusing the role of the government and the Opposition.

Marlene Malahoo Forte, Minister of Legal and Constitutional Affairs, speaking last evening on Nationwide @5.