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Speaker of the National Assembly sees his ruling on “Rohee Debacle” as end to 8-month standoff – 27th Feb 2013

speakerSpeaker of the National Assembly, Raphael Trotman, sees his ruling on the “Rohee Debacle” as an end to the eight-month standoff between the Government and the opposition parliamentary parties.

On Wednesday, Trotman told reporters that while he may have committed ‘political suicide’ he is of the firm belief that he did the right thing.

On Monday, the main opposition coalition A Partnership For National Unity (APNU) rejected the ruling, calling it contradictory, non-binding and legally weak.

The Speaker said that though his ruling has no legal weight, he said based on the research on parliamentary conventions and commonwealth Parliamentary experts, with whom he had consulted, he feels that his ruling was just.

Trotman, who has no voting rights in the National Assembly, since he was not elected as a Member of Parliament in the current session, said he has anticipated the ruling of the Court of Appeal, but this was not timely.

On the matter of the delivery of the ruling to the media before it went to the members of Parliament, Trotman said, based on his knowledge, the Parliament registry ensured that the MP received both electronic and hard copies first.

On Tuesday AFC executive member Moses Nagamootoo told Capitol News that the party is throwing its support behind the Speaker, but he noted that the AFC reserved the right to co-operate, or not to, with Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee.

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