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Jamaica: Marisa Dalrymple-Philibert To Be New Speaker Of The House

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has picked Marisa Dalrymple-Philibert to be the new Speaker of the House of the Representatives  

It’s the second time she will be holding this position having first served from July 2011 to December 2011.  

The speaker is responsible for upholding the rules (Standing Orders) of the House, and ensuring that the rights of members are protected.  

Dalrymple-Philibert will be sworn in Tuesday for a fourth consecutive term as the Jamaica Labour Party’s Member of Parliament for Trelawny Southern.  

After that, the formalities of members nominating, and then electing the speaker and a deputy, will take place.  

“I certainly accept it as a vote of confidence from the Prime Minister,” she told The Gleaner this afternoon.

“I think there is obviously a new dispensation which recognises the contribution that woman can and will, in fact, make to the governance of this county.”

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