A resolution to extend the State of Public Emergency in St. Catherine and Clarendon by 30-days was approved in the Senate yesterday.

The initial 14 days of the special security measure in both parishes expires at midnight.

Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Kamina Johnson Smith, piloted the resolution.

Senator Johnson-Smith says the joint force needs more time to consolidate initial gains.

Senator Johnson-Smith told the Upper House that the Holness-administration is on a life-saving mission.

Kamina Johnson Smith, Leader of Government Business in the Senate.

Seventeen senators voted in favour of the resolution.

Four were absent.

There were no votes against.