National Assembly to decide today on budget appeal

The National Assembly will today decide whether or not an appeal will be filed in the budget cuts case.

“The Speaker has indicated that he will like Parliament to decide whether the appeal will be proceeded with or not,” AFC leader Khemraj Ramjattan told Stabroek News yesterday while indicating that there are several mechanisms that could be used to decide the course of action to be pursued. Ramjattan is the attorney for Speaker of the National Assembly Raphael Trotman who was the sole defendant in the budget cuts case after the two other defendants were struck out.

Last month, delivering his long-awaited final decision, acting Chief Justice Ian Chang declared that the National Assembly acted “unlawfully and unconstitutionally” by effecting cuts to the 2012 budget estimates, after finding that its power is limited to either giving or withholding approval. According to Justice Chang, while the Assembly may …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.



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