Will Deborah Backer remain a Parliamentarian? Public announcement to be made soon

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By Fareeza Haniff

APNU Leader, David Granger.
APNU Leader, David Granger.

[www.inewsguyana.com]Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and Opposition Parliamentarian, Deborah Backer is “resting comfortably” in Trinidad and Tobago, according to Leader of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), David Granger.

Given the fact that Mrs. Backer has missed several sittings of the National Assembly since November 2013 as a result of an undisclosed illness, it is now being questioned if she will remain a Member of Parliament.

When asked about this, Granger at a press conference on Friday, January 31 told reporters that Mrs. Backer will soon make a public announcement as it relates to her future as a Parliamentarian.

This statement is expected to be made before the next sitting of the National Assembly, scheduled for February 10.The APNU Leader made it clear that he instructed Backer to issue a statement, since he does not want to speak on her behalf.

“Depends on her health condition, her own perception of her future as a Parliamentarian and this is matter that was discussed at the shadow cabinet on Tuesday last and as I’ve said, we’ve given her the option to assess the reports of the tests which she underwent and give us a feedback,” Granger told reporters.

Deputy Speaker and APNU Parliamentarian, Deborah Backer.
Deputy Speaker and APNU Parliamentarian, Deborah Backer.

When pressed further, the Opposition Leader could not say if indeed Backer will be present at the next sitting of the House.

“All I can do now is assure you that she is resting comfortably, she is in Trinidad and she is going to prepare a statement to be released on her own time.”

 

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