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AFC leverages support for amendments to financial crimes law unless demands are met – 15th May 2013

shot0005The two Bills that were submitted to the Office of the President for assent were the Fiscal Management and Accountability Bill and the Former Presidents (Facilities and Benefits) Bill.

According to political leader of the Alliance For Change, Khemraj Ramjattan, the party has reconsidered its support for the Anti-money Laundering Bill, which he believes that the country is entitled to have.

President Donald Ramator last week informed the Speaker of the National Assembly, Raphael Trotman that he will withhold his assent to the Bills because they were in violation of the Constitution.

Now Ramjattan is dismissing the President’s constitutionality arguments. Pointing to the Former Presidents (Facilities and Benefits), Bill he stated that Guyana being a developing country with limited resources, a Bill which allows for uncapped benefits for any former President  cannot be the order of the day.

On the matter of the Fiscal Management and Accountability Bill, Ramjattan stated that the Bill has tremendous benefits for the accountability and good governance.

He said that at the moment there is no independent over sight agency on the awarding of public contacts.

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