Parliament descends into chaos as motion to remove the President is adjourned

Parliament descends into chaos as motion to remove the President is adjourned

Proceedings in the Parliament to remove President Paula-Mae Weekes descended into chaos with the Opposition repeatedly interrupting House Speaker Brigid Anisette-George as she attempted to rule on 3 items brought to her attention by the opposition Leader.

Prior to the debate, the Opposition Leader called for the motion to debated rather than just voted upon, and for Mrs Anisette-George and Independent Senator, Charisse Seepersad (sister of former PSC Chairman Bliss Seepersad) to recuse themselves form the sitting.

However Mrs. Anisette-George attmepted to rebut the calls by the Opposition Leader but was unable to complete her explanation as she kept being interrupted forcing her to suspend the sitting for 15 minutes.

Opposition MPs and Senators rose to interrupt 17 times in 16 minutes during Mrs Anisette-George’s opening statements.

As the sitting resumed, the Opposition also resumed its disruption of the proceedings.

When called upon to lay the motion, Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar chose instead to respond to the statement made by the House Speaker, describing the guidelines as null and void as she ripped them up while speaking.

She then claimed that the Opposition was participating under protest.

As Mrs. Persad-Bissessar continued to speak, her mic was eventually cut off leading to chaos on the Opposition bench.

 

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