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Saturday 18 November 2017
Letters to the Editor

Fixed elections contradiction

THE EDITOR: I find it difficult to believe in our politicians, as they seem to forget the philosophies which they espoused a few years ago.

In 2014, the then Prime Minister, speaking on the recommendations of the Constitutional Reform Commission which she had set up, declared:

“It is therefore proposed that the life of a Parliament should ordinarily be fixed at five years.

This will effectively fix the date for the holding of general elections.

Gone would be the days of silly boasts and taunts about leaders ‘having the date in their back pocket.’”

If such a proposal was really the intention, then it nullifies the argument that “If the Prime Minister could call an election at any time, why can’t the political leader?”

It is contradictory utterances like these which reflect the integrity and moral nature of our politicians.

IMAAM IQUBAL HYDAL. Felicity

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