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Sat May 18, 2019, 06:22 AM

Gittens Claims New Majority is Illegal, Calls for Session; Majority Responds With Stinging Rebuke

VIRGIN ISLANDS -- Before the two-day Senate session closed on Wednesday, Senator Marvin Blyden motioned for a resolution to reorganize the Majority caucus. Senator Kenneth Gittens, then-Senate president, immediately recessed the session, reappeared 45 minutes later and adjourned for the day. He also dismissed central staff, including media and transportation, leaving lawmakers stranded at the Earl B. Ottley Legislature.

That’s according to new Senate President Novelle Francis, who on Wednesday afternoon spoke to The Consortium about what happened.

Now, in a letter sent to Mr. Blyden, the Majority leader, Mr. Gittens is calling for a Senate session to “do it the right way,” and told The Consortium this afternoon that the account given to this publication by Mr. Francis was false.

“I didn’t send home nobody for the day. They were dismissed from the floor because session was adjourned and they were to go back to their respective offices. They did not go home,” Mr. Gittens said. He did not address how senators were left stranded if the drivers were not sent home.

Read more: https://viconsortium.com/news-2/gittens-claims-new-majority-is-illegal-calls-for-session/

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