Williams feels vindicated, Tufton offers no comment

Williams feels vindicated, Tufton offers no comment

Friday, February 06, 2015

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Former leader of Opposition Business in the Senate, Arthur Williams, says he feels vindicated following a court ruling which declared that an undated letter of resignation - submitted by Opposition Leader Andrew Holness - dismissing him from the Senate, was null and void.

Williams and colleague senator, Christopher Tufton, were ousted from the Senate in November 2013 after the leadership race for the Jamaica Labour Party that pitted Audley Shaw against Holness. The letters of resignation were signed by senators in January 2013, reportedly before their appointments.

Speaking with OBSERVER ONLINE shortly after the ruling was handed down Friday, Williams said: "Today I feel vindicated, from the day that this matter happened in November 2013. This is not about me or Christopher Tufton, it is about the Constitution of Jamaica, and I felt constrained to pursue this action to this stage and I’m glad today, that the Constitutional Court has ruled, and ruled the way they have."
Williams said the court’s ruling is a "lesson to all future Opposition leaders and prime ministers, not only in Jamaica, but in many parts of the [world]".
"It is a landmark ruling and I feel very pleased today," he told OBSERVER ONLINE.
The former senator said he intends to meet with his lawyers later today, and over the weekend, to determine his next move.
"I don’t propose to advise myself, so I will take my lawyers’ advice," he continued.
When asked if he had any wish to return to the Senate, Williams said: "I have not given it much thought because that was not really my contemplation, but I will consider it."
Meanwhile, when OBSERVER ONLINE contacted former Senator Dr Christopher Tufton, following the court’s ruling, he said he had no comment on the matter.
Tufton said he could not comment without first familiarising himself with documents detailing the ruling and that he would have to consult with his advisers to see where he would go from here.
Kimone Francis

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