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Ceremonial opening of 2014/15 session of Parliament today

Thursday, April 03, 2014 | 9:04 AM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The ceremonial opening of Parliament's 2014/15 session will take place today at Gordon House on Duke Street in downtown Kingston.

The annual event will commence with the march to Gordon House by members of the governing People's National Party (PNP) led by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, from the south; and the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party's team, led by Leader Andrew Holness from the north.

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen is scheduled to arrive at 10:49 am, after which he will take the Royal Salute and inspect the Guard of Honour, formed by members of the Jamaica Defence Force, before entering the Parliament building to deliver the annual Throne Speech. This will be followed by a brief meeting of the Senate.

The House of Representatives will convene at 2:00 pm for the tabling of the annual estimates of expenditure (budget) by Minister of Finance and Planning Dr Peter Phillips.

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