Monday 28 September, 2020

Guyana creates history with first indigenous Deputy Speaker

Lenox Shuman created history in Guyana as the first indigenous person elected as Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly

Lenox Shuman created history in Guyana as the first indigenous person elected as Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly

As Guyana celebrates its indigenous people this month, the country has created history with the election of its first indigenous Deputy Speaker.

Lenox Shuman, who represents a coalition of smaller parties, was elected Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly on Tuesday, September 1.

He was elected after he was nominated by PPP/C Prime Minister Mark Phillips and seconded by Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Gail Teixeira.

Shuman is a member of the opposition holding one seat as part of a coalition with two other parties which contested the March 2 general elections.

His nomination was opposed by the country’s main opposition in the Assembly, the APNU/AFC, which argued that the post of Deputy Speaker traditionally goes to the main Parliamentary Opposition. They nominated Raphael Trotman for the post.

The APNU/AFC walked out of Parliament following Shuman's election.

Speaking to the media, Shuman described the walk out as "showboating".

"The first sitting of Parliament and that is how you conduct yourself? It shows that you are not being constructive," he said.

Shuman also serves as the Government's advisor on aviation.  He assured that would not interfere with his neutrality in Parliament.

He said: "If they think my think my position as advisor on aviation would conflict with this and may not reflect their views, well I'll tell you what, the Speaker does not represent anyone's views, likewise, the deputy Speaker does not represent anyone's views. That is an apolitical objective position."

Guyana kicked off Amerindian Heritage Month festivities on Tuesday. 

 

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