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AFC supports passing of Amaila Hydro Bill without support from the APNU

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 6.39.26 PMThe Minority opposition Party in the Parliament the AFC, which holds a 7 seat swing vote in the National Assembly, used its influence and sided with the Government to pass the Hydro-Electric Power (Amendment) Bill.

The Bill which was piloted through the Parliament by Prime Minister Sam Hinds said the Bill was critical in order to bring the law in tandem with the environmental standards of the International Development Bank.

Prime Minister Hinds explained that such a project will be transformative and will see Guyana producing a large percentage of its own energy.

APNU’s point man on Financial matters Carl Greenidge in justifying his party’s non- support for the Bill in question, pointed to the issues that there were still a considerable amount of questions about the project unanswered.

AFC’s Moses Nagamotoo said the AFC’s support of such a Bill was not short-sighted but is part of a long term goal in wanting to see Guyana moving away from fossil fuels, towards a cleaner and reliable source of energy.

Other speakers who made contributions to the debate were Public Works Minister Robeson Benn’s and his shadow minister Joe Harmon.

The Bill’s passage came after its unprecedented return to the House with opposition support after being voted down by the opposition parties on July 18.

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