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Patterson to be honoured by Parliament Oct 30

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer senior reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, October 16, 2012    

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FORMER Prime Minister PJ Patterson is to be honoured by Parliament at another special joint sitting of both Houses, scheduled for Gordon House on Tuesday, October 30.

Patterson was elected as Jamaica's sixth prime minister in 1992, succeeding Michael Manley, and served in that position and as leader of the People's National Party (PNP) until 2006 when he gave way to the current prime minister, Portia Simpson Miller.

He is Jamaica's longest serving prime minister and the only one to be re-elected on three successive occasions, winning general elections in 1993, 1997 and 2002.

This will be the second occasion this month that Parliament will be celebrating a former prime minister for contributing to Jamaica's post-Independence development, following last Tuesday's special joint sitting honouring Edward Seaga who served from 1980 to 1989.

The October 30 meeting, as was the case last week, will be hosted by the House of Representatives and will commence at 2:00 pm.

In the meantime, Gordon House has released an agenda for today's sitting, highlighted by the debate on extending the provisions of the Mutual Assistance (Criminal Matters) Act, which allows for the extradition of persons between countries, to British territories in the Caribbean including Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Montserrat and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The House will also commence debates on three Bills: The Judicature (Supreme Court) (Validation and Amendment) Act, 2012; The Legal Profession (Amendment) Act, 2012; and the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Act, 2012.

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