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APNU's Debra Backer hospitalised; APNU downplays recall

APNU's Debra Backer hospitalised; APNU downplays recall
A Partnership for National Unity’s parliamentarian, Debra Backer is hospitalised due to a prolonged illness but Opposition Leader, David Granger on Friday said it was too early to think about replacing her.

“The matter hasn’t arisen at this point in time…Mrs. Backer’s condition is stable and we don’t have reason to speculate her attendance,” he told a news conference.

The witty Backer, who rose to active political prominence in the Peoples National Congress Reform (PNCR) under the leadership of late Desmond Hoyte, has so far missed two straight sittings of the National Assembly.

When the front-bencher was first discharged from surgery, Backer had managed to attend a small number of Assembly sittings before reporting absent. Since then, she has been hospitalised and in a serious condition. “Her condition is stable and when she is better she’ll return to parliament. That’s as much as we can say at this point in time,” said Granger.

With here absence, the government and the combined opposition are tied at 32-32 in the 65-seat House. Sittings resume on January 16. Backer is also Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly.

APNU earlier this year was forced to recall Richard Allen after he collapsed in the House and replace him with Renita Williams ahead of crucial votes for the 2013 National Budget.

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+7 #7 Pouderoyen Man 2013-12-28 13:58
Get well soon Debbie, we cant afford not haveing you around to look out and defend helpless Guyanese people in the the ten (10) region of Guyana.
Guyana "need" you more now than ever.
I will keep parying until you get well my girl.
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0 #6 wiseguy 2013-12-28 08:50
They're probably thinking of the small matter of parliamentary salary!!! penny wise...
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-12 #5 kiaiteur 2013-12-28 08:35
Listen here guys and gals, Ms. Debra Backer is a realist and I know her pretty well! During my years with the PYO in Berbice and Guyana, I had the privilege of meeting and discussing many issues with the late Robert of Manchester Village. Ms. Backer like me can only see the betterment of Guyana. I know that she is not really “sick”, but Granger and the rest of the Government, the AFC and APNU, don’t want anything positive to be done in our homeland, and to further prevent any real meaning of the Parliament sittings, Granger is going to get rid of Ms. Backer and replaced her with a “Ms. Wiliams”; the same way he made her representative of Mr. Allen. Come on, if you have been in politics, you would see a red-herring or in the case of Guyana, Granger sees it as a ‘stinking hassar’. Debra would have prevented this continuous stalemate. Debra would have voted with the PPP/C government on crucial bills that were to be tabled in January, 2014. I would have done the same and keep a tab on the PPP/C Ministers. Guys, you don’t want the Americans and British to once again intervene in our domestic politics; they can be ruthless and don’t care a damn about our people, but only that Guyana don’t ‘go astray again’ and only to serve their best interests. I really don’t know where President Ramotar is heading, but I do know that many of his top-notched ministers are for the free-market system
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+4 #4 Hazel P 2013-12-28 04:07
SO sad to hear of your illness, have a speedy recovery with God's guidance, remember we have to get the bake and salt fish when you get out of hospital as long as the Dr agree.
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-5 #3 Guyana Baboo 2013-12-28 00:25
Wow those dogs will sell out their own mother for power, what will their do with the Guyanese people, pass us through the mills as their did during the late 60 70 and 80's . Let us all pray to Allah. Vishnu , Jesus and what ever god even Rastafarians god so that pnc never get back power to put Guyana like those times,
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+5 #2 fadah christmas 2013-12-27 22:47
granger when r u replacing volva
do de right ting and replace backer and volva also
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+23 #1 dezetante 2013-12-27 18:32
One's health is much more important than any politics. Ms.Baker must take it easy and consentrate on getting well soon. I wish her a full and speedy recovery.
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