With two seats becoming available on the Opposition side in the National Assembly later this month, PNC Reform Leader Aubrey Norton who will be taking up one of the seats, would like to see longtime party member and economist Carl Greenidge taking up the other seat.
Mr. Norton who is currently in New York for a series of meetings with party groups told News Source this morning that his choice is Carl Greenidge.
He said he believes there is a need for stronger finance and economic representation in the National Assembly for the Opposition. The Opposition’s current shadow Minister of Finance is first-time Member of Parliament, Juretha Fernandes of the Alliance for Change.
Mr. Greenidge who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and later Foreign Secretary under the APNU+AFC Coalition government, currently advises the Government on border matters.
While Mr. Greenidge may be the choice of the party leader to take up the parliamentary seat, the matter will be taken before the Central Executive Committee of the party for a final decision.
Other executive party members are likely to put forward other nominees for the post.
Already, some party members have been looking at the possibility of nominating either retired Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force, Rear Admiral Gary Best, or former Parliamentarian Mervyn Williams for the post.
At the party’s recent elections, Mr. Best gained the highest number of votes in the election for Central Executive Committee members.
Last week, former Opposition Leader Joe Harmon announced that he will leave the National Assembly altogether this month. His resignation is expected to take effect on the 15th March.
Two weeks later, the resignation of MP Nicolette Henry is expected to take effect.
The coalition’s list leader, former President David Granger has already received the APNU’s request for Norton’s name to be put forward to GECOM as the next Member of Parliament.
Once sworn in as an MP, Mr. Norton is expected to be elected as the new Opposition Leader.
It was the Central Executive Committee of the PNC Reform that made the decision that its Leader should be the Leader of the Opposition, forcing the resignation of Mr. Harmon who was hammered by Norton in the party’s internal elections for Leader.
Harmon has indicated that while he may be stepping away from the National Assembly, he will remain as a very active member of the PNC Reform.