The Parliament Chamber, Red House, Port of Spain.

There will be an urgent Sitting of the House of Representatives next week, to continue and conclude debate on the Government’s request to extend the current State of Emergency (SoE).

At present, Parliament is in Recess.

A release from the Government Communications Division states:

“Minister of Planning and Development and Leader of the House, the Honourable Camille Robinson-Regis, has requested and received approval for the urgent sitting of the House during Fixed Recess.  The House will convene on Wednesday August 25, 2021 at 1:30 pm.”

It adds: “The purpose of this Sitting is for the consideration of a resolution to extend the state of public emergency pursuant to section 10 of the Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.  The debate on the resolution will be taken to conclusion.”

Government has proposed an extension to the State of Emergency by a further three months. Yesterday, Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi said the SoE needed to be extended for “health reasons”, as well as to allow the continuance of the current vaccination drive.

Government will not require Opposition support for the proposed extension to be passed.