The current parliamentary term has ended abruptly for the Barbados Labour Party (BLP).
Today the 12-member Opposition group, which is led by Mia Mottley, staged a walk out of the House, after the Deputy Speaker Mara Thompson refused to allow Mottley, who is chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), to complete the process of laying the PAC’s report for 2013-2018.
Government minister Donville Inniss had objected to Mottley’s attempt to give notice of the report, saying though he is a member of the PAC, he was not invited to the final meeting at which the document was discussed.
Following today’s walk out, Mottley spoke to reporters during a hastily-called news conference at her office in Parliament at which she also made it clear that Opposition BLP Senators would not be returning to the Upper Chamber until the next parliamentary begins following general elections, which are constitutionally due by June.
The currently Parliament automatically dissolves on March 5, but Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is yet to announce the date for the upcoming poll.