The Speaker of the Montserrat Legislative Assembly announced Monday that due to ongoingÂ hurricane activity, inÂ particular because of the imminent arrival of Hurricane Maria and theÂ resulting uncertainty about what conditions will be like in the immediateÂ aftermath, the Opening Ceremony to usher in the Parliamentary yearÂ 2017-2018 will not take place on Tuesday September 26th asÂ previously announced.
A new date will be set as soon as possible after the passage of thisÂ hurricane, and announced by the end of this week, Hon. Speaker Shirley Osborne said in a statement.
The Speaker joins Madam Clerk and the staff of the Legislature inÂ urging everyone to prepare appropriately and completely to weatherÂ this storm as safely as possible so that, as far as we are able, weÂ come out on the other side with little or no injury or significant loss.
The Speaker takes this opportunity to, once again, acknowledge theÂ loss and destruction suffered by our family and friends in Barbuda,Â Anguilla, St. Maarten, the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Haiti,Â Cuba, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the Bahamas and hopes andÂ prays that no further destruction will be added to their recent woes.