A leading attorney is questioning the legality of Cabinet Meetings ahead of the opening of Parliament

A legal mind is raising questions as to whether the Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda is able to legally make binding decisions since the Parliament has not been convened and therefore its members have not been formally sworn in as MPs.

Leon “Chaku” Symister says that based on the country’s constitutional, in order for one to be appointed as a Cabinet member, one must first have to be an elected member of the Parliament.

Symister, an attorney by profession, says that, at present, the candidates who were elected at the January 18 polls are now elected Members to the Parliament and only become members of Parliament when they are sworn in, giving them the legal power.  

The attorney describes this Gaston Browne administration as lawless but says that the people will no longer stand for things of that nature.

The Executive met on Wednesday (January 25) during its normal weekly sitting, the first for the New Year and the first following the General Elections, in which a number of decisions were made.

One such decision is for the temporary suspension of chartered flights emanating from West Africa.