Legal Experts: Governor General Lacks Power to Commission Public Inquiry in Antigua and Barbuda

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The Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda pursued and obtained two legal opinions from King Counsels (K.C.s) via the Ministry of Legal Affairs regarding the authority of the Governor General in relation to the establishment of public inquiries.

The legal experts reached a conclusive decision that the Governor General lacks the power to initiate a public inquiry.

Consequently, the Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda takes the responsibility of establishing a Commission of Inquiry.

Through a Resolution, the Parliament of Antigua and Barbuda grants the Governor General the necessary authority and also holds a vote to authorize special funding for the inquiry.

Any claims made by political operatives suggesting that the Governor General possesses the authority to initiate a Public Inquiry are completely untrue.

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