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New opposition move to silence Rohee – 15th Nov 2012

There may be another showdown in the National Assembly next Thursday when the opposition takes a motion before the House that it hopes will be able to muzzle Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee. The opposition would erupt into desk pounding every time Rohee attempted to speak. That move began after the opposition using their majority in the National Assembly passed a no confidence motion in the Home Affairs Minister, saying that he has failed in that portfolio and therefore ought not to be serving any longer in that capacity.

The Government has not taken light to the opposition’s stance in the National Assembly and has even complained that the Speaker ought to be tougher on the opposition when they begin their disruption and remove all the members of the opposition from the National Assembly. The Speaker has since said in a newspaper interview, that such a move could lead to bigger problems. The Government has been very critical of the Speaker who was chosen by the opposition and has complained bitterly in the past when he rules against them.

Last week however, the Speaker said, that he could bar the Minister from speaking based solely on just a request. The opposition parties have now decided that a substantive motion may be their best bet that could rattle the hands of the administration. President Ramotar, who appoints all Ministers in his cabinet has said, that he does not intend to ask Rohee to resign as Home Affairs minister even with the opposition concerns. The APNU and AFC believe that may have found a way that could possibly get the Government to rethink that position.

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