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Arscott seeking legal advice on Portmore Municipal issues

Monday, July 14, 2014    

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MINISTER of Local Government and Community Development Noel Arscott said he is seeking legal advice on the issues affecting the performance of acting Mayor of Portmore Leon Thomas and the municipal council.

"We are seeking legal advice from our lawyers, as to whether the acting Mayor will be able to continue in office," Arscott told a post cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House last week.

Arscott said he had also cautioned the mayor and council not to do anything that could create further legal problems.

He said that the bill, which was tabled in the House of Representatives last Tuesday, seeking to validate the actions of the council and the acting mayor since January, and indemnify them against any legal action would likely be dabated next week.

Thomas has been acting as Mayor beyond the six months allowed by the Muncipalities Act. The Opposition refused to debate a bill to indemnify him from legal action on Tuesday, claiming more time was needed to digest the contents.

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