Holness to seek SOE extension

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness will be seeking an extension of the States of Public Emergency which are slated to expire on July 25.

The announcement was made on Twitter earlier, by Press Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister, Naomi Francis.

“PM (Prime Minister) says the SOEs are useful and effective and should be extended. He says commitment to end SOEs ahead of elections still stands,” the Tweet wrote.

SOEs are in effect in the parishes of St James, Hanover, Westmoreland, St Catherine, Clarendon, Kingston, and St Andrew. The most recent were instituted in the Kingston Western and Kingston Central police divisions, having been declared by the Prime Minister on June 14 in response to a 100% increase in criminal criminal activities in both divisions, compared to last year.

SOEs were supposed to be lifted on June 29, but the Senate approved for an extension to July 25.

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