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Norton and Lawrence sworn in as new MPs; Norton is new Opposition leader

Aubrey Norton taking the oath (Photo: PNCR)

The A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance For Change(APNU+AFC) opposition party now has two new representatives in the National Assembly.

This follows the swearing-in of the leader of the People’s National Congress Reform Aubrey Norton and long-standing party member Volda Lawrence.

Norton and Lawrence took the oath on Wednesday at the Arthur Chung Convention centre (ACCC).

Volda Lawrence taking the oath (Photo: PNCR)

The swearing-in was done by the clerk of the National Assembly Sherlock Isaacs.

Both Norton and Lawrence took their seats in the front row of the  National Assembly

The position for the two seats became vacant following former Education Minister Nicolette Henry's resignation in February and Former Director of the Ministry of President Joseph Harmon’s in March.

This announcement was welcomed by scores of party supporters outside of the Arthur Chung Convention centre.

At the suspension of the seating, a meeting was convened by the Speaker of the National Assembly Manzoor Nadir and all the Opposition Members of Parliament where he was elected as Opposition leader.

Norton is replacing Joseph Harmon who resigned from this portfolio in January.

The new APNU+AFC leader refused to indicate what his commitment will be now as the new leader but promised greater Government scrutiny.

As it relates to the change-up in the Parliamentary portfolio, he indicated that those will be announced when the time is right.

The PNCR leader had indicated that the coalition needed someone who has a strong background in the accounting and finance field. One such person within the party who possesses this knowledge is AFC Member of Parliament, Juretha Fernandes.

Speculations suggest Volda Lawrence will be taking her place but this is yet to be confirmed.

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