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PM’s comments upset JLP

KINGSTON – The Jamaica Labour Party says it is shocked by a recent statement by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, who told supporters at a party meeting in St. Ann earlier this week that Opposition Leader Andrew Holness could be an “enemy of the state”.

JLP General Secretary Dr. Horace Chang, said yesterday that the term “enemy of the state” is a specific designation that refers to someone who has committed a crime against the nation.

“When a prime minister uses the term … it is potentially inciteful in our political context,” Chang said.

“We are calling on the prime minister to retract her comments and to reconsider the adversarial path on which she seems intent on taking the country,” Chang demanded.

The party has, in the meantime, written Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington, stating that after careful consideration of the phrase “the parliamentary opposition is of the view that such a statement is inciteful and places the leader of the opposition in harm’s way”.

“It is not an inconsequential designation, especially when it is made by a prime minister of a country… We ask that you take careful note of the statement and our concerns for the safety and security of the leader of the Opposition and his family,” the letter signed by the party’s spokesman on national security, Delroy Chuck, stated. (Observer)

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