On Tuesday night the Parliamentary Opposition withdrew its support for the three states of emergency (SOE) currently active across the island.

As a result, the SOEs will not be extended when they conclude in January.

All Government members present (33) voted in favour of extending the emergency measure in the Corporate Area, while the 21 Opposition members present voted no on the first resolution.

The 33 Government members present also voted yes to extend the SOE in St James while 20 Opposition members voted no with 10 MPs absent.

The third vote to extend the SOE in the St Catherine North division saw 33 yes votes from the Government with 20 Opposition MPs voting no while 10 MPs were absent.

A two-thirds majority is needed in both Houses of parliament to keep a SOE in force.

JDF soldiers drive through section of St James

via Loop Jamaica

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On Tuesday night the Parliamentary Opposition withdrew its support for the three states of emergency (SOE) currently active across the island. As a result, the SOEs will not be extended when they conclude in January. All Government members present (33) voted in favour of extending the emergency measure in the Corporate Area,...

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