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President summons opposition leaders to emergency meeting to avoid cuts to 2013 national budget – 15th Apr 2013

budget talksLeaders of the opposition political parties were summoned to an emergency meeting today at the Office of the President as the Government tries desperately to avoid cuts to the 2013 national budget.

The opposition was looking to slash some 38 billion dollars out of the 209 billion dollar budget.

The opposition parties have made it clear that their intention is to cut extravagant spending and have proper accountability.

Leader of the opposition David Granger said he remains optimistic that the President and team will listen based on their previous track record. Granger however, said he remains cautious.

Leader of the Alliance for change Khemraj Ramjattan said he was very optimistic about the outcome of the meeting, while shadow Finance Minister Carl Greenidge said he wants to remain neutral on the budget talks.

The Private Sector Commission is calling upon all concerned to ensure that, in consideration of the Estimates, any alteration to the Budget is done in the national interest. APNU executive Dr. Rupert Roopnarine said the APNU has clear ideas, while Ramjattan said the Private Sector Commission is very lenient on the government.

The PSC urged the opposition to come up with an alternative plan if they chop the budget.

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