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Speaker suspends Guyana parliament after MP ignores order to leave

Published:Tuesday | December 12, 2017 | 10:49 AM

Guyana’s Opposition legislators were left upset yesterday after the Speaker of Parliament, Dr Barton Scotland, suspended the sitting because an opposition legislator refused to leave the chamber.

Bishop Juan Edghill, who is a member of the main opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP), refused to leave the chamber even after the Speaker had ordered the Sergeant at Arms to eject him from the session.

His refusal forced Scotland to suspend the sitting until his orders were followed.

As police officers moved to have the opposition member ejected from the building, fellow legislators formed a human circle around their colleague making it clear that they were not going to allow him to be forced to leave the chamber.

The Speaker had earlier indicated that he was sticking to the agreed time frame for the examination of the budget for the Ministry of the Presidency.

Legislators had been told that two hours had been set aside for the exercise but when the time elapsed, Edghill rose and demanded that more time be provided for the scrutiny of the Ministry of the Presidency’s estimates.

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