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National Assembly adopted the Opposition Leader’s no confidence motion in Minister Rohee

At 2 o clock this morning, the national Assembly adopted the Opposition Leader’s motion and expressed that it no longer had any confidence in the Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee to continue in that office. The debate on the motion went on for 12 hours and several speakers from both sides of the house spoke about the motion. The Government side was in total opposition of the no confidence motion but their opposition was not enough to convince the opposition to move ahead with the motion.

Moments before the early morning vote, the Home Affairs Minister stood after several speakers on his side to thank them for their support. He appeared defiant but subdued and told the house that he intends to make a more pronounced statement on what transpired at Linden during the protests, when the commission of inquiry begins.

Prime Minister Samuel Hinds and former Home Affairs Minister Gail Teixiera tried to convince the National Assembly that they should not move ahead with the motion, but the opposition was having none of it.

Opposition leader David Granger in wrapping up the debate said the Minister must accept responsibility and must leave office.

The passage of the no confidence motion in the Home Affairs Minister marked the first time that the National Assembly took that bold step. The opposition say the President must now act and replace the Minister. The President has been standing by Rohee. The motion came as a result of the police action in Linden 2 Wednesdays ago which left 3 protestors dead. The opposition contended that under the watch of this Home Affairs Minister there have been a number of missteps.

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