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Holness has authority to ask Senators to resign – law lecturer

A regional legal scholar has suggested that Andrew Holness, Leader of the Opposition, had the legal authority to ask Opposition Senators to resign last week. Westmin James, lecturer in Constitutional Law at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill in Barbados, has based this opinion on one local statute, plus the actions of the Senators as reported. Controversy was ignited last week when it was reported that Mr. Holness asked the Senators to resign en bloc. However, Senators Arthur Williams and Dr. Christopher Tufton refused to budge. Previously signed resignation letters were sent to the Governor-General, and their positions became vacant. Legal opinion is now split on whether Mr. Holness had the authority to ask for the resignations in the first place.