President Ramotar, PNC/R pay tribute to Deborah Backer

Former Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and APNU Parliamentarian Deborah Backer died on Thursday.
Former Deputy Speaker and APNU Parliamentarian, the late Deborah Backer.
Former Deputy Speaker and APNU Parliamentarian, the late Deborah Backer.

[] – The People’s National Congress Reform (PNC/R will be launching a number of activities to celebrate the life of Deborah Backer, who died on Thursday, March 20.

The Party will be opening a book of condolence for Mrs. Backer at its Headquarters in Congress Place on Monday, March 24.

Meanwhile, in reacting to the sudden passing of Backer, who was also the Former Deputy House Speaker, President Donald Ramotar said her contribution was not only to her political party, but to the national body politic, and will be missed. 

The Head State noted that despite being on opposite sides of the political divide, he and Backer always maintained a very good relationship with their last contact being on Christmas Day, last year.

 “She was very optimistic as is typical of Debbie, and full of life. Even though she was sick, she didn’t allow that to dampen her mood”. 

The President extended his sympathy to the family, friends and members of the APNU political party on her sudden passing.

The former Speaker was well known in the legal fraternity as an advocate for women’s rights and in the Parliament for her sharp wit and keen knowledge of the Standing Orders which govern the operations and procedures of the National Assembly.

Mrs Backer was married and had two children. She became Deputy House Speaker after the 2011 General and Regional elections. After becoming a Member of Parliament in1998, she also served as Chairperson of the Foreign Relations Committee, a member of various Select Committees and as the main opposition’s spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Public Safety and National Security as Shadow Minister of Home Affairs.



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