The Opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic made its return to the National Assembly on Monday and the new members of Parliament led by former President Bharrat Jagdeo were immediately sworn in to office.
When called upon to nominate a Deputy Speaker, the People’s Progressive Party through its Chief Whip, Gail Teixeira, announced that it will not be making a nomination for the post. The party did not give any reason for that decision.
The National Assembly had put the matter on hold until the PPP was present since the Government wanted the party to put forward a candidate for Deputy Speaker.
With no Deputy Speaker nominated by the Opposition, the Government is now expected to make its nomination and a vote will be taken on that nomination. The Speaker has put the matter down for a later date.
This is the first time that the PPP has found itself on the Opposition side of the House in 23 years. The party has promised to take party in robust debate on the issues at hand.
The party began its debate on the 2015 budget with a presentation by Member of Parliament and former Minister of Housing, Irfaan Ali.