Menu
Demerara Waves - Riding on the crest of truth
 

Listen Live

android
apple
blackberry
 
 

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.
back to top

Recent News

Prev Next Page:
Coalition doles out promises to Corentyne

29 March, 2015

Coalition doles out promises to Corentyne

The opposition coalition of A Partnership for a National Unity + Alliance For Ch...

Bogus cops caught with gun, drugs ammo

29 March, 2015

Bogus cops caught with gun, drugs ammo

The two men who were arrested by the police on Friday March 27, 2015, in a house...

Greenidge says house purchase was not corrupt; challenges Jagdeo to call in police

29 March, 2015

Greenidge says house purchase was not corrupt; challenges Ja…

Former Finance Minister in the People’s National Congress (PNC)-led administrati...

Guyana needs a "mother-of-all-inquiries" - Jagdeo

28 March, 2015

Guyana needs a "mother-of-all-inquiries" - Jagdeo

President Donald Ramotar should be asked to hold the “mother-of-all-inquiries” i...

Jagdeo admits Skeldon Sugar Factory not yet fixed; touts other multi-million dollar investments in industry

28 March, 2015

Jagdeo admits Skeldon Sugar Factory not yet fixed; touts oth…

Hoping to garner votes from its traditional stronghold in the sugar belt and par...

Greenidge's acquisition of govt-owned house wasn't transparent

28 March, 2015

Greenidge's acquisition of govt-owned house wasn't transpare…

Former President Bharrat Jagdeo on Saturday suggested that Former Finance Minist...

Jagdeo rules out being candidate

28 March, 2015

Jagdeo rules out being candidate

Former President Bharrat Jagdeo on Saturday ruled out being a candidate for his ...

New Giftland Mall has its own power station

28 March, 2015

New Giftland Mall has its own power station

Even as the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) continues to improve transmission and d...

Ramkarran rules out returning to active politics

28 March, 2015

Ramkarran rules out returning to active politics

Former senior member of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Ralph Ramkarran is...

Handwriting specimens to be taken from mom of dead teenage girl found on foreshore

27 March, 2015

Handwriting specimens to be taken from mom of dead teenage g…

Investigators were due to take handwriting specimens from the mother of a 14-yea...

Top Cop Laurie Lewis ordered passport issuance to Gregory Smith in fake name

27 March, 2015

Top Cop Laurie Lewis ordered passport issuance to Gregory Sm…

A former Guyana Defence Force (GDF) electronics expert, implicated directly in t...

Opposition coalition courting Ralph Ramkarran

27 March, 2015

Opposition coalition courting Ralph Ramkarran

Former long-serving member of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Ralph Ramkar...

Bank of Guyana launches 50th anniversary coin

27 March, 2015

Bank of Guyana launches 50th anniversary coin

The Bank of Guyana (BoG) on Friday launched a gold plated silver coin minted in ...

Qualfon's new call centre will employ thousands

27 March, 2015

Qualfon's new call centre will employ thousands

Qualfon, a Mexican-headquartered call centre that serves companies around the wo...

Updated: Head, torso found but still unidentified

26 March, 2015

Updated: Head, torso found but still unidentified

Guyanese police up to late Thursday did not identify the semi-nude body of an Af...

Nude body of woman found on foreshore

25 March, 2015

Nude body of woman found on foreshore

The nude body of a young woman was Wednesday morning found on the East Coast Dem...

Digicel appeals for help for cyclone-battered Vanuatu

25 March, 2015

Digicel appeals for help for cyclone-battered Vanuatu

Port Vila, Vanuatu: Digicel has officially launched an appeal for donations to c...

American Rotarians raise $48K for South American drinking water project

25 March, 2015

American Rotarians raise $48K for South American drinking wa…

(PORT CITY DAILY) More than 1,000 people in the village of Coomacka, in the smal...

Guyana's mobile marketing, news delivery get boost

25 March, 2015

Guyana's mobile marketing, news delivery get boost

Mobile marketing and the delivery of information and entertainment in Guyana hav...

Robeson Benn's house burnt

25 March, 2015

Robeson Benn's house burnt

Public Works Minister, Robeson Benn’s abandoned home at Linden was Tuesday after...

GWI to help rate Guyanese creditworthiness

24 March, 2015

GWI to help rate Guyanese creditworthiness

The Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has agreed to help rate Guyanese eligibility...

Opposition coalition promises 13 percent salary increase

24 March, 2015

Opposition coalition promises 13 percent salary increase

Guyana’s opposition coalition plans to pay government employees a 13 percent inc...

PPP appears comfortable with size of voters list

24 March, 2015

PPP appears comfortable with size of voters list

The governing People’s Progressive Party (PPP) appears to be satisfied with the ...

Pawnbroker, associate charged with holding woman against her will

23 March, 2015

Pawnbroker, associate charged with holding woman against her…

Two men, who allegedly held a woman in a house against her well because she alle...

Voters list is "dirty"- Granger

23 March, 2015

Voters list is "dirty"- Granger

Opposition Leader, David Granger has raised concerns about what appears to be a ...

Opposition coalition lashes back at PPP attacks in Queens, New York

22 March, 2015

Opposition coalition lashes back at PPP attacks in Queens, N…

In the face of counter-punches by Guyana’s ruling People’s Progressive Party Civ...

PPP supporters protest outside opposition coalition meeting in Queen's, New York

22 March, 2015

PPP supporters protest outside opposition coalition meeting …

About 40 supporters of Guyana’s incumbent People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC...

Easier energy... still on drawing board, says Stanley Ming

22 March, 2015

Easier energy... still on drawing board, says Stanley Ming

Businessman and retired politician, Stanley Ming, says Guyana can access power t...

Recommended News Links

Recommended Radio Links

Other News and Opinion Wesbsites