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Speaker of the National Assembly seeks clarity on judicial oversight of the National Assembly – 15th Jan 2013

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Speaker of the National Assembly, Raphael Trotman, wants the Appeal court to settle the nagging issue of Jurisdiction, as it relates to the powers of the High Court to inquire into the operations and conduct of the National Assembly.

Trotman believes the time has come for the pronouncement, which could avoid wasting the court’s time in future deliberations.

On the issue of the Chief Justice, Ian Chang’s ruling on Minister Clement Rohee’s gag order, Trotman says, while he respects Justice Chang’s counsel, the ruling revealed some grey areas, since the submissions by the Attorney General, Anil Nandlall, were  flawed.

Trotman, who also chairs the  Committee of Privileges, told reporters, that that body will be meeting soon to discuss the issue  at  length, with the aim at finding an early resolution.

The National Assembly is expected to reconvene on January 25.

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