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Speaker defends a decision that prevents Minister Rohee from bringing new legislation – 23rd Nov 2012

With the Government refusing to budge on the vote of no confidence against Minister Rohee, the opposition moved a step further Thursday, in seeking to have the Minister barred from participation on the House.

After hours of debate, the Speaker made his decision.

The Privileges Committee would be convened with the Speaker as Chairman along with five members from the opposition and four members from the Government side of the House. Minister Rohee is not expected to be called before the committee, and the Speaker clarified that Minister Rohee is not being sanctioned or disciplined by the Committee. In addition, Trotman said that the decision to go to a Special Committee to decide the participation of Minister Rohee in the House is by no means a gag order.

The Attorney General, Anil Nandlall, has called the move unconstitutional, and bordering on illegality. But the Speaker could hardly be bothered by what the Attorney General says.

The Speaker says that it is important that he enjoys the confidence of all sides of the House and if any side of the House calls for his resignation, he would hand it in.

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