|PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar|
In a media release, Persad-Bissessar she chose to remain silent on the issue of the bill's early proclamation "because a premature commentary on the matter before all information became available to me would have been injudicious."
The Prime Minister explained that soon after Section 34 was proclaimed, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) expressed concerns to the Attorney General regarding the implications and consequences of the event.
She said the Attorney General "sought an immediate audience with me and having examined the matter myself, I was satisfied that the consequences and far-reaching implications of this section were not consistent with Government policy.
"In the circumstances, I gave instructions for the Parliament to be convened immediately to consider a Bill to repeal Section 34. I also summoned the Cabinet to an emergency meeting to discuss the matter. The Government therefore moved swiftly to successfully reverse the ill-effects and unintended consequences of this section."
Persad-Bissessar said part from taking immediate and necessary action to repeal Section 34, she has been "personally enquiring into the circumstances that created the situation before us today." She said as a result she would issue a statement after Thursday's cabinet meeting is concluded.