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Marathon night of debate in the National Assembly on a number of motions

It was a marathon night of debate in the National Assembly on a number of motions as the assembly sought to complete most of its work before heading into recess. One of the contentious motions had to do with the right to assemble which looked at the police barriers that would usually be all around the Parliament buildings whenever the National Assembly meets. The barriers would be put there to keep away protesting crowds. The motion looking at the rights of citizens to assemble outside the parliament was put forward by APNU Member of Parliament Desmond Trotman who said persons should not be kept away from peaceful protests outside the parliament.

A number of speakers presented arguments for and against the opposition motion. When Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee rose just around 2:30 this morning to voice his opposition of the motion, the opposition members of parliament loudly reminded him that they no longer had any confidence in him.

Once the speaker brought the assembly to order, the opposition walked out leaving Rohee to speak to empty opposition benches.

The opposition eventually returned and passed the motion.

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