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AG asked to examine whether boycott of Parliament is legal

first_img Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring! 11 Views   no discussionscenter_img LocalNews AG asked to examine whether boycott of Parliament is legal by: – October 27, 2011 Share Members of the Opposition leaving Parliament on TuesdayPrime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has called on Attorney General Levi Peter to determine whether the Opposition United Workers Party can continue to legally boycott the Parliament.Members of the Opposition who have been boycotting Since January 2010 staged another walk-out yesterday following the swearing in of Roseau North Senator Daniel Lugay; replacing Claudius Sanford who is presently pursuing a Master’s degree in Economic Policy.“I am not sure how long the parliament can allow something like to continue. I believe that it is important that we charge the attorney general to review the standing order in reference to that,” he said.According to Skerrit, several substantive bills were before the parliament for approval and the Opposition has failed to support it.“These are substantive bills before the house on Domestic Regional International commitment to fighting terrorism. These are matters that everybody of the house should be here to should and say ‘yes I support it’”.According to Skerrit, the Opposition is demonstrating that they are not interested in these pertinent laws.“We have a 62 million dollar supplementary appropriation madam speaker. Projects which touched the core of the economy; they are saying we are not coming here to support it,” he added. The Prime Minister also indicated that the Oppositions failure to attend parliament has resulted in a number of setbacks.One such set back outlined by the prime minister is in the area of the appointment of the Public Accounts Committee.“We have not been able to appoint the parliamentary committees. A very important institution of the parliament which is the Public Accounts committee cannot be appointed because the constitution says the leader of the Opposition shall be the chairman. We would love to have that committee to ensure that there is accountability. The international community is saying that it is unfortunate that we have not been able to appoint that committee. We have our members waiting,” he said.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img

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