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Speaker Uses Power To Eject NFP MP

Speaker Uses Power To Eject NFP MP
From left: National Federation Party leader Biman Prasad and Opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa with the Opposition MP Prem Singh after the parliamentary seating on April 16, 2018.Photo: Simione Haravanua.
April 17
12:20 2018

 

The Speaker may order any member whose conduct is highly disorderly or repeatedly violates the Standing Orders to withdraw immediately from Parliament for a period of time that the Speaker decides, being no more than the remainder of that sitting day.

Speaker of Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni for the first time since Parliament sat in 2014 exercised her power to suspend a Member of Parliament for part of a day.

Yesterday National Federation Par­ty leader Biman Prasad was shown the yellow card and suspended from Parliament for 10 minutes after try­ing to raise a point of order.

Under Section 75 of the Standing Order of the Republic of Fiji: “The Speaker may order any member whose conduct is highly disorderly or repeatedly violates the Standing Or­ders to withdraw immediately from Parliament for a period of time that the Speaker decides, being no more than the remainder of that sitting day.’’

Dr Luveni had to stand and raise her voice to get the attention of Mr Pras­ad and the Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Dr Luveni announced twice: “This is not a point of order.”

The issue arose when Opposition NFP MP Parmod Chand had ques­tioned what Government was doing on the cost of Fiji Link flights to La­basa and said Fiji Link is a monopoly.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum responded that the competition did exist against Fiji Link and that was from Northern Air, the owner being a former NFP candi­date.

He said it was irresponsible for Mr Chand to say there was a monopoly on that route and that Opposition were there for their personal agen­das.

This was when Mr Prasad had raised a Point of Order and said Mr Sayed-Khaiyum should stop accusing the Opposition of personalising issues in Parliament.

Mr Prasad stressed, that his col­league, Mr Chand was raising an im­portant question in Parliament, and needed clarification from the Minis­ter responsible.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum reminded the Speaker that when she makes a rul­ing and say it’s not a point of order, the Honourable Member cannot say that it’s a point of order.

“He is not a Speaker, the Speaker has said it is not a point of order, and while he is sitting down he is saying it is a point of order: who is he to say that?

“When Madam Speaker said it is not a point of order, you are not the Speaker. Get it right.”

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

losirene.lacanivalu@fijisun.com.fj

 

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