Backed by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic Government, Joinder List Member of Parliament, Dr Ashna Kissoon from The New Movement party secured a majority vote on this afternoon to be elected Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly.
Dr Kissoon replaced Leader of the Liberty and Justice Party (LJP) Lenox Shuman, who had served as the Deputy Speaker of the House.
Dr Kissoon’s election, however, was not without opposition.
The main opposition, APNU+AFC, nominated MP Dawn Hastings-Williams for the post, but the Government nominated Kissoon.
When the nominations were put to a vote, Kissoon came out victorious, with 33 Members of Parliament voting to elect her as the Deputy Speaker, while 31 MPs voted against.
The Government voted down MP Hastings-Williams’ nomination.
Dr Kissoon became a Member of Parliament just over two months ago after Mr. Lennox Shuman’s term under the Joinder list agreement came to an end.
Under the agreement, the Liberty and Justice Party, The New Movement (TNM) and A New and United Guyana (ANUG), are sharing the one seat they secured in the National Assembly.
Based on the original agreement signed among the joiner parties, Dr. Kissoon’s TNM is entitled to a three-month stint in the Assembly.
That three-month period expires at the end of this month, but the other remaining party to serve, ANUG, has indicated that there could be a possible extension in the term of the TNM’s seat holder.