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House of Representatives gets down to business

By Benjamin Flowers,Staff Reporter

The House of Representatives gathered on Friday for its first official meeting since the inaugural ceremony.

Amidst the traditional political back and forth between the incumbent and the opposition, government tabled a number of Bills, including: a motion to enter into a loan agreement with the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) for US$12 million; a Bill to appropriate over $44 million of PetroCaribe funds for the Public service, and an amendment to the Treasury Bills Act to raise principal sums represented by treasury bills and Treasury Notes.

Members of the opposition gave various reasons why they did not support the Bills, and called for GoB to more equitably distribute funds to constituencies across the country, particularly in the Toledo district.

Apart from responding to the comments of the opposition, Prime Minister Dean Barrow paid a special tribute to the outgoing leader of the opposition Francis Fonseca; honouring his time as leader and his efforts in the General Elections, as well as wishing him well in the future.

Also notable of the meeting was the parliamentary debut of Area Representative for the Albert division Tracy Taegar Panton, representative for Belize Rural Central Beverly Castillo, and Representative for Caribbean Shores Kareem Musa. Musa however, was the only one of the three to make any statements in the House.

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