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Will the no-confidence motion be delayed?

first_imgDear Editor,The filing of a no-confidence motion by the PPP/C brings the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, and his actions back into focus.Since the new Parliament commenced sittings, several of Dr Scotland’s actions have brought his credibility into question. Now, his treatment of the PPP/C’s no-confidence motion will either confirm the views of his critics, or see him vindicated.Will the no-confidence motion be delayed?If he does delay the motion, his reasons will be interesting. The fact, is that the 2018 national budget has not been presented as yet, and there are no other matters that have been presented before the National Assembly which have implications like the ones attached to a no-confidence motion.Will he succumb to instructions from his ‘handlers’?Taking instructions from ‘handlers’, is one of the more popular criticisms of Dr Scotland. Guyanese can only hope that ‘instructions’ do not influence him. Recently in Sri Lanka we saw that the Speaker of that House required a police escort just to get into the Chambers, because some politicians did not want him to allow a no-confidence motion against their embattled Prime Minister to proceed. Yet that Sri Lankan Speaker did not succumb to pressure. Will Guyana’s Speaker do the same?Will he allow the motion to proceed?In India, only recently, we saw how fast the no-confidence motion against the Modi government was dealt with.The outcome will be of much interest to Guyanese.The happenings at Parliament have been popularised. This cannot be doubted. As such, the actions of Dr Scotland, moving forward, can be expected to remain under the spotlight.Yours faithfully,David Williamslast_img read more

PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan refuses to step down

first_imgPakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has ruled out the possibility of his resignation in the wake of team’s dismal Asia Cup and ICC World Twenty20 campaigns.Shahid Afridi and his men were knocked out of the Asia Cup following a loss against Bangladesh and subsequently they also failed to reach the World T20 semi-final after losing three of their four group matches.The PCB formed a fact finding committee to ascertain the reasons for the team’s poor show in the two major events. The report, which was supposed to be confidential, was leaked in the media creating a crisis in the cricket board.Soon after, it was widely reported in the Pakistan media that the PCB chairman, miffed with the leaked reports, has contemplated resignation.However, the 82-year-old veteran insisted there was no truth in the media speculations.”There is no truth in the rumours that I am considering stepping down,” he told the media yesterday.Khan, who is serving his second term as PCB chairman, has refused to comment on the committee’s report for now. (With PTI inputs)last_img read more