Dr Ashni Singh swore in as a Member of Parliament

Dr Ashni Singh swore in as a Member of Parliament

Moments back as Senior Member of Parliament at the Office of the President with responsibility for Finance, Dr Ashni Singh, as Member of Parliament.

This is his first appearance in the 12th Parliament since his appointment on November 5, 2020.

President Dr Irfaan Ali sworn in as Minister.

He had served as Finance Minister under the previous PPP / C Administration.

The Finance Minister is preparing to present the first full-year National Budget of the Ali-led government in the first quarter of 2020.

In addition, Minister for Tourism, Industry and Commerce Oneidge Walrond was sworn in this morning as a government MP once again.

This was after Chief Justice Roxane George earlier this month declared that Walrond’s previous appointment in August was illegal and that he is not a legitimate member of Guyana’s 12th Parliament because of his dual citizenship status.

Attorney General Anil Nandlall had admitted that the Government acknowledged that Minister Walrond’s appointment could have conflicted with the Constitution as she was still a US citizen at the time she was sworn in as Minister and Senator in August .

Nevertheless, Nandlall has revealed that the Government has already taken steps to remedy this constitutional breach by having Walrond re-sworn in as Minister on December 1, 2020.

Both Ministers were sworn in as MPs in the absence of the APNU / AFC Opposition.

Some of the members came to the Arthur Chung Conference Center, where Senate sittings are taking place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this morning and entered the dome, where they picked up their documents and reports, before retreating to quarters.