Monday, December 19, 2011

Parliament's opening deferred at Opposition request

DEFERRAL of the tenth Parliament this month was one of several issues agreed upon when representatives of the opposition parties, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC) met the President on December 15.
The rationale was explained by President Donald Ramotar during an interview Saturday with the National Communications Network (NCN).
He said the decision was based on a request by APNU which indicated that most of its members will be proceeding on vacation during the Christmas season.
President Ramotar said he conceded to the request, quelling fears that he may capitalise on that opportunity to “spring the parliament on them” and elect his own speaker.
“I gave them the commitment that I will not do that and, if they want to go for the Christmas holidays they can so proceed…I will not convene the parliament in the month of December,” President Ramotar said.

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