[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Opposition People’s Progressive Party is condemning “in the strongest possible terms, the well-orchestrated efforts by the APNU+AFC Coalition to muzzle the Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo and Opposition Members of Parliament’s fullest participation in the 2015 National Budget debate.”
A statement from the Party noted that despite attempts by the PPP Parliamentarians, they have been reduced to 15 minutes with no extension time in their budget presentation.
“The Government’s Chief Whip, is desirous of breaching entrenched parliamentary conventions and practices whereby the Leader of the Opposition closes the debate for the opposition benches, immediately before the member of the government closes the debate.”
According to the PPP, this convention was respected throughout the 23 years of the PPP/C Administration, whereby successive Leaders of the Opposition, Mr. Desmond Hoyte, Mr. Robert Corbin and Mr. David Granger always spoke immediately before the Government Minister who closed the annual Budget Debate and where neither person was constrained by time limits.
“In fact, in the 11th Parliament, with a one-seat majority, they want to place the Leader of the Opposition to speak before four government speakers and not as the penultimate speaker, with a restriction of 45 minutes.”
According to the statement, “the PPP calls on Guyanese to take note of the government’s efforts to use these restrictions to prevent our MPs from exposing their uninspiring, recycled and underwhelming 2015 National Budget.”