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Patterson tribute postponed, but House to sit

Saturday, October 27, 2012    

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PARLIAMENT'S Jamaica 50 tribute to former Prime Minister PJ Patterson, scheduled for next Tuesday at Gordon House, has been postponed to November 13.

In announcing the postponement Thursday, Gordon House gave no reason, but it is likely that it is due primarily to the current situation triggered by the passage of Hurricane Sandy on Wednesday and the involvement of the Parliamentarians in the post-hurricane rehabilitation.

However, despite the postponement of the meeting, which would have involved both the House of Representatives and the Senate, the House is expected to have its usual meeting next Tuesday since the last meeting was adjourned to October 30.

Patterson is the second of two prime ministers of Independent Jamaica to be honoured by Parliament as part of its programme celebrating Jamaica's 50th anniversary of independence. Edward Seaga, who served as Jamaica's fifth prime minister between 1980 and 1989, was honoured on October 9. Patterson was Jamaica's sixth prime minister and served between 1992 and 2006.

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