COUVA South MP Rudranath Indarsingh said the Government has trapped TT in a never-ending covid19 soap opera that has left many people wondering what is its real agenda. Indarsingh made this statement in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, as the first Opposition MP to respond to debate on a motion to extend the state of emergency (SoE) by three months.
The SoE took effect from midnight on May 15. Without parliamentary approval, the SoE would have remained in effect until May 29. The House sat on May 24 and approved a three-month extension from May 29 to August 29.
Section 10(1) of the Constitution, gives the Government the power to use its 22-19 majority in the House to extend the SoE by another three months.Once the motion is passed by the House, the SoE will be extended until November 29.
Section 10(2) of the Constitution states that further extensions beyond this one, will require three-fifth majority support of the House and the Senate.