Budget Presentation: APNU/AFC says will boycott Parliament

Opposition Leader Joseph Harmon

The Opposition APNU/AFC has indicated that it will not be participating in today’s sitting of the National Assembly when the national ‘emergency’ budget for 2020 is expected to be presented by the ruling PPP/C.

According to a statement from the Coalition, “Guyana is in a state of shock and deep mourning following the heinous killings of Isaiah Henry, Joel Henry and Orlando Jonas. The APNU+AFC, yesterday, announced two days of national mourning – today, Tuesday September 8th and Wednesday September 9th”.

“Accordingly, the APNU+AFC Coalition advises the nation that its Members of Parliament will be with the people tomorrow and as a result will not be in attendance at Parliament.

“The APNU+AFC Coalition views it as imperative and paramount that leaders be with the people who are hurting and in anguish and who are in need of support, solidarity and comfort at this time,” the party’s statement added.

Today marks the first budget Guyana will be getting in almost two years. With a sum of $330 billion expected to be presented by Public Works Minister Juan Edghill, it promises to be a budget that caters to some of the immediate needs of Guyanese amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

During a press conference on Tuesday, President Dr Irfaan Ali had announced that the budget contains a number of measures that will put money into the hands of persons, from frontline workers directly involved in the COVID-19 fight to the Joint Services to the average Guyanese.