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Parliamentary opposition kicks off the 2013 budget debate – 2nd Apr 2013

budgetFrontbencher with the opposition coalition, APNU, Carl Greenidge, wasted little time in criticizing the $208 billion budget presented a week ago.

He could not see what the budget that addresses the problems of poverty alleviation and unemployment among young people.

Greenidge’s presentation was too long-winded for the Government’s side of the House to take. The Government contended that one hour was given to Greenidge through an agreement, but the opposition claimed otherwise and a verbal war ensued.

The Speaker called for a recess for the parties to work it out. Greenidge was soon back on his feet and given 15 minutes to wrap up.
Then Minister of Housing Irfaan Ali started off the debate for the Government.

Even before the start of the debates, the Government was jittery about threats of budget cuts.

Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall has said that the opposition has no power in law, and under the constitution to reduce the budget estimates presented by the Finance Minister.

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