[www.inewsguyana.com] – Chief Whip of the People’s Progressive Party, Gail Teixeira says that the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has no nominees for the post of Deputy Speaker.
The Party was slated to select someone from its list of Parliamentarians to occupy the post but when called upon by Speaker, Dr Barton Scotland, Teixeira responded that the PPP has no nominees.
As such, the Speaker announced that the election of the Deputy will be dealt with at the next sitting of Parliament.
General Secretary, Clement Rohee had earlier in the day told reporters during a press conference at Freedom House that the issue of choosing a Deputy Speaker is a “strategic” one that has to do “with parliamentary tactics, which you will see unfolding later on.”
The PPP had refused to take up its seat in Parliament since its opening on June 10, forcing the government to postpone the selection of a Deputy Speaker in all seven sittings.
There were reports that former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall would take up the post, but Rohee denied this.
When asked who will be the PPP nominee for the position, he said, “We don’t have nobody…We haven’t made any decision about accepting that position…it is a question of how we tactically utilize our resources in Parliament in order to ensure that we are not shortchanged.” [Jomo Paul]