BREAKING NEWS - Emergency Powers Act Expires Tonight

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June 29, 2020

Attorney General Carl Bethel has confirmed to The Nassau Guardian that current state of emergency in The Bahamas will end at midnight, as will all current emergency orders.

This was clarified after the government gave notice of a resolution to extend the current state of emergency past June 29 to July 31 but did not pass the resolution.

Under Parliamentary rules a resolution cannot be debated unless 24 hours notice is given.

The House can have that caveat waived, but did not today but did not, for reasons that remain unclear.

Therefore, the current state of emergency will unintentionally end at midnight.

The governor general would have to proclaim another state of emergency and reauthorize the prime minister as the competent authority.

The prime minister would then have to re-issue the emergency orders now in place.

Bethel admitted that his office was at fault for the oversight and said he accepts full responsibility for the oversight as head of that office.

It was unclear up to the time of this post as to whether the a new state of emergency will be proclaimed at midnight.

More to follow.....

News date : 06/29/2020    Category : About Bahamians, Politics, Nassau Guardian Stories

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