House meeting announced, then cancelled

By on November 28, 2017
National Assembly Building (Belmopan)

National Assembly Building
(Belmopan)

Belmopan, CAYO. Tuesday, November 28, 2017. The House of Representatives was scheduled to meet on Friday in Belmopan.

The Clerk of the National Assembly, Eddie Webster, sent out a communique on Monday morning announcing the Special sitting.

But by the end of the day on Monday, a second communique from the Office of the Clerk announced that the special sitting had been scrubbed.

While it was expected to be the final House meeting for the year, it would have been one of the more highly anticipated meeting of parliamentarians of the Lower House in recent times.

That is because it is expected that the Prime Minister would have taken a motion to the House seeking to get parliament’s approval to pay out over ninety million dollars to Belize Bank in conformity with a judgment handed down last week by the Caribbean Court of Justice.

The CCJ decision last week brings to an end a lengthy legal battle over a loan guarantee given by government in the matter of Universal Health Services.

What’s interesting is that several members of the ruling United Democratic Party have made public statements to the effect that they will vote NO to the motion, while at least one member of the opposition People’s United Party has said that he will vote YES to authorize the payment of the judgment.

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