Guyana: Speaker is Manzoor Nadir; Deputy Speaker is Lenox Shuman for 12th Parliament

Manzoor Nadir
Manzoor Nadir

Former Minister of Labour and Tourism for the PPP/C, Manzoor Nadir was today elected Speaker of the 12th Parliament.

Nadir was nominated to the post by Prime Minister Mark Phillips and was seconded by Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Gail Teixeira. There were no other nominations for the post of Speaker and Nadir was therefore declared elected Speaker in the House where the PPP/C has a majority of 33 in the 65 member Parliament..           

Nadir then took the oath. Nadir was formerly the leader of The United Force and but later switched to the PPP/C.

Today’s session was held at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre because of COVID-19 restrictions.

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Shuman declared Deputy Speaker of the House

Lenox ShumanLenox Shuman

Lenox Shuman was this morning declared Deputy Speaker of the House in a surprise development.

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

Prior to that, former Speaker of the House Raphael Trotman had been nominated to the post by MP Cathy Hughes and seconded by a member of APNU+AFC.

It was thereafter that Shuman’s surprise nomination was made and newly declared Speaker of the National Assembly Manzoor Nadir put his name to a vote without addressing the earlier nomination of Trotman.

Thirty-four MPs comprising the PPP/C’s 33 and Shuman voted for Shuman, the Leader of the Liberty and Justice Party and former Toshao of St Cuthbert’s as Deputy Speaker.

The Deputy Speaker of the House is usually drawn from the opposition ranks. Shuman is a member of the opposition holding one seat as part of a list joinder with two other parties which contested the March 2nd general elections.

The major opposition – APNU+AFC – holds 31 seats and it would have been expected that its candidate would hold the position of Deputy Speaker.

The election of Shuman would be seen as a retrograde step in parliamentary relations between the government and the opposition.

Shuman is also an advisor to the government on civil aviation.

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  • brandli62  On September 2, 2020 at 2:57 am

    The election of Lennox Shuman in place of a representative of the largest opposition party to the position of deputy speaker is a clear message of the PPP to the indigenous community that they are counting on their vote and sympathy in future elections…. This does not looks more like confrontation than reconciliation after a divisive general election.

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