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Trinidad: UNC-Govt stifling us, ducking queries

THE UNC has claimed the cut in MPs’ speaking time in Parliament during the covid19 pandemic was a move to stifle the voice of the Opposition, and that the Government failed to answer its questions properly. MPs can now talk for 20 minutes, down from a previous time of 30 minutes and an optional 15-minute extension.

In a statement, the party vowed to continue to fight for the burdened population despite Government’s actions. “While the Government brings bills to the Parliament that are not urgent and are of dubious value, and again extended the time for ministerial and prime pinisterial statements, members of the Opposition are being stymied in their efforts to raise the issues that concern people.

“In spite of this, the Opposition continued to fight for the thousands of citizens who are faced with increased burdens and economic hardship as a result of the covid19 crisis.”

The UNC said on Monday it had used all possible parliamentary mechanisms to demand answers on the Government’s plans and spending.

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