Golding Says PNP Won’t Pay Political Price for Voting Against SOE | New

National People’s Party (PNP) chairman Mark Golding scoffed at suggestions that the party would pay a heavy political price for voting against extending the state of emergency in seven police divisions.

State-owned enterprises announced by Prime Minister Andrew Holness expire tomorrow.

The government criticized the parliamentary opposition for voting against extending the crime-fighting measure.

Speaking at a press conference today at the opposition leader’s office in Kingston, Golding said he did not believe the PNP would pay a political price to defend the constitutional rights of Jamaicans.

He says Jamaicans will see through the government’s policy on the issue.

According to the president of the PNP, the declaration of public enterprises over a period of three years from 2017 to 2020 has not made it possible to sustainably improve the country’s national security situation.

Golding also renewed his calls for the Prime Minister to hold talks at Vale Royal to discuss crime, among other things.

“We believe that if we work together behind closed doors where we can have open discussions on strategies and tactics, Jamaica will benefit,” Golding said.

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