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Opposition moves to review Former President’s Pension

The combined opposition parties used their majority last evening to get the National Assembly to review the former President’s Bill in an effort to bring some changes to it. The introduction of the move resulted in a feisty debate over what former Presidents should really be entitled to when they leave office. As it is now, former President Bharrat Jagdeo benefits from a $1 million dollar a month pension and several other perks that the opposition say add up to millions more.

When the former President’s Pension bill was introduced and passed in the National Assembly, the government had the majority so there were no blocks. Now that the opposition has the majority, they want some changes. Changes that the Finance Minister believes may be vindictive.

AFC Member of Parliament Khemraj Ramjattan threw the vindictive charges aside saying that what the former Head of State gets in Guyana should be compared with the realities of other Caribbean states that may be more financially sound.

At the end of the debate, the opposition voted to send the President’s pension bill to a special select committee for a review. The issue had been a hot button one during the November elections and formed a major part of the campaign as the opposition parties highlighted the big bucks and huge benefits that would be awaiting then President Bharrat Jagdeo on his departure from office.

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