Wednesday, January 17, 2018

‘Opposition can’t offer legal view’ *

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi has responded to criticisms of comments he made at the Association of Real Estate Agents breakfast meeting on Tuesday.

At the event, Al-Rawi had expressed frustration with the way laws requiring a special majority to be passed was being treated by the Opposition. He stated as a result of tactical decision making, a number of pieces of legislation he would be bringing to Parliament shortly have been designed so as not to require Opposition support. The statements have been described as “dictatorial” by Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar and other Opposition members.

Last month, Al-Rawi withdrew the preamble of the Miscellaneous Provisions (Marriage) Bill 2016, which had caused it to require a special majority, allowing the Government to pass the legislation, making the age of 18 the legal ­marriageable age in T&T.

The Attorney General's actions had then drawn criticism from Persad-Bissessar, who called it unconstitutional and questioned ­whether the move had been backed by ­Cabinet.


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