Posted: Saturday, January 14, 2017. 11:06 a.m. CST.
By BBN Staff:The commencement order for the appointment of the 13th Senator takes effect on January 20, however, it appears the swearing in of the newly selected senator, Osmany Salas, will not happen until after March.
Head senator for government business, Godwin Hulse, recently told the media that he does not believe the appointment will take place until the end of the current fiscal year. According to Hulse, it is not so much a delay as a part of the natural process. He said there wouldn’t be any undue delays in regards to the appointment.
Hulse added that Salas could not be appointed until after the Senate has passed the NGO Amendment Bill, which was tabled at the sitting of the House on Friday. Opposition leader John Briceno, however, said he views it as an act of bad faith on the part of the government to hold a Senate meeting the day before the commencement order takes effect on January 20.
Briceno said Salas should be allowed to take part in the Senate’s next debate. He urged the government to postpone the Senate meeting until Salas can be sworn in to participate in the next meeting of the Senate.
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