By Tracey Khan – Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Guyana’s newly sworn in President, David Granger says the 11th Parliament should be convened within 14 days. The life of the 10th parliament was cut short after it was prorogued by former President Donald Ramotar.
President Granger also told iNews during an interview that within 60 days of his Presidency, the 2015 budget will make its way to Parliament for approval. The budget will feature a number of developmental plans by the new administration, as they seek approval from the House for the commencement of work in this regard.
“We will put a lot of emphasis on appointing a Minister of finance very soon so that we can get a budget out, hopefully within another 60 days.”
It is more than likely that the 2015 budget will be passed in the National Assembly, given the fact that the APNU+AFC has the majority of seats. The PPP/C will be allocated 32 seats in Parliament while the APNU+AFC secured 33.
The President emphasized the importance of the budget, pointing out that the that the country needs to continue functioning.
When asked what his first working day will entail as President, he said “meetings, meetings, meetings, I will be meeting with the Caribbean Community representatives, I will be meeting my own members of APNU+AFC, I will be meeting the staff at the Office of the President, I have to meet people and let them know the direction that will be taken.”
The President has already commenced his duties as Head of State from the office of the President.