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Jul 23, 2009

…And amendment for non-elected attorney general

And what does Barrow have to say about the proposal for a non-elected Attorney General?

Prime Minister Dean Barrow
“Once that person coming from the private Bar is sworn in as a minister, he takes the same oath of service, he is bound by the same laws as to honesty and probity as any other Minister. The only difference is he doesn’t have to sit in the National Assembly, but he is subject to the same requirements as to disclosure and transparency and that sort of thing. It is not a big deal, it is merely an effort to assure greater flexibility in choosing the one minister who must be a professional. Nobody else has to be a professional, yoh noh have to be economist fi be Minster of Finance, yoh noh have to be doctor—but to be the Attorney General you must be a lawyer and when you are limited in terms of the lawyers that you have in the House and when you are limited in terms of trying to put one in the Senate because the best person for the job that you want says I’m not interested in that, surely it might not arise. It might never arise, but surely if it does, we want to have the flexibility to say, I have been able to pluck from the private Bar, somebody that the whole world will see as a top flight lawyer and make that person Attorney General.”

Barrow says this is a practice that has been done in all the countries in the Eastern Caribbean. He adds that government will proceed with the proposals based on the feedback they get from the public.

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