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Assemblée Nationale: XLD suspendu, les Bleus seront absents du parlement le 31 octobre prochain

Assemblée Nationale: XLD suspendu, les Bleus seront absents du parlement le 31 octobre prochain

Le ton est donné pour cette rentrée parlementaire. La marmite politique bouillonne en marge des partielles. Xavier Luc Duval, le leader de l’Opposition – expulsé durant la première séance, après avoir refusé d’obéir aux ordres de la Speaker, Maya Hanoomanjee – a volé la vedette. Il ne sera pas également à la séance du 31 octobre, car il n’a pas voulu s’excuser pour son comportement. XLD a été suspendu suite à une motion du Premier ministre pour “misconduct”, comme prévu dans les section 48 et 49 des Standing orders.

On ne s’attendait pas à ça pour une rentrée parlementaire, longtemps attendue. Le leader de l’Opposition, qui avait axé sa Private Notice Question (PNQ) sur le Metro Express, a eu une violente confrontation verbale avec la Speaker. Il estime que la Speaker ne lui avait pas accordé suffisamment de temps pour poser des questions additionnelles lors de la PNQ. L’opposition est d’avis que Nando Bodha a abusé du temps dans ses réponses. La tension est montée et à un moment, le leader du PMSD a indiqué de vive voix qu’il ne respecte pas la Speaker.

Pour n’avoir pas obéi à ses ordres de s’asseoir alors qu’elle était “on her feet”, Maya Hanoomanjee n’avait d’autres choix que de ’order him out’! Mais au lieu de quitter l’hémicycle, Xavier Luc Duval a refusé et il est resté assis. La séance a alors été suspendue.

A la reprise, le Premier ministre, Pravind Jugnauth, a présenté une motion visant à suspendre le leader de l’Opposition pour misconduct. Comme les “oui” l’ont emporté, Xavier Luc Duval a donc été suspendu pour la suite de la séance et aussi pour celle du 31 octobre. L’opposition évoque le complot.

Il n’y aura donc pas le PNQ la semaine prochaine et les Bleus ont annoncé qu’ils n’assisteront pas à la prochaine séance. Toutefois, il ressort que les Mauves et les Rouges seront bien présents au parlement mardi prochain.

 

Nous avons cherché les explications dans les Standing orders and Rules of The National Assembly pour mieux comprendre ce qui s’est passé et pourquoi ce désordre. La PNQ, le temps qui devrait être alloué à celle-ci et au PQ, PMQT et autres questions et la motion du Premier ministre pour la suspension du leader de l’opposition…il est temps de mieux cerner tout ça.

 

Private Notice Question

  1. (1) The Leader of the Opposition who never puts a question on the Order Paper for oral answer, is allowed to ask it by private notice.

(2) A question by private notice cannot anticipate a question for oral answer of which notice has been given and which appears on the Order Paper.

(3) Notices of private notice questions shall be given to the Clerk not later than 9 o’clock in the morning on any sitting day, subject to Standing Orders 10(11) and 24 (3).

(4) The time allotted to a private notice question shall be as prescribed in Standing Order 22 (2) (a).

 

Time allocated for PNQ: 30 minutes

22  (2) Questions shall be put only at Tuesday sittings and question time shall not exceed three hours and shall be allocated in the following order:-

(a)  a maximum of 30 minutes for the private notice question of the Leader of the Opposition, if any;

(b)  a maximum of 30 minutes for questions put to the Prime Minister, if any; and

(c)  a maximum of 120 minutes for other questions.

(3) Replies to questions not put within the time limit prescribed in paragraph (2) of this Order shall be circulated to Members and printed in the official report.

(4) Decisions on the transfer of questions rest with Ministers.

(5) A question shall not be made a pretext for debate.

 

Que dit la section 48 et 49 des Standing orders and Rules of The National Assembly?

 

Disorderly Conduct

  1. The Speaker or the person presiding shall order any Member or Members whose conduct is grossly disorderly to withdraw immediately from the House during the remainder of that day’s sitting. But if on any occasion the Speaker or the person presiding deems that his or her powers under the previous provisions of this Order are inadequate, he or she may name such Member or Members, in which event the same procedure shall be followed as is provided by Standing Order 49.

 

Suspension of Members

  1. (l) Whenever a Member shall have been named by the Speaker, or by the person presiding, immediately after the commission of the offence of disregarding the authority of the Chair, or of persistently and willfully obstructing the business of the Assembly by abusing its rules or otherwise, then, if the offence has been committed by such Member in the Assembly, the Speaker shall forthwith put the question, on a motion being made, “That such Member be suspended from the service of the Assembly”; and if the offence has been committed in a Committee of the whole Assembly, the Chairperson shall suspend the proceedings of the Committee and report the circumstances to the Assembly; and the Speaker or the person presiding, shall, on a motion being made forthwith, put the same question, as if the offence had been committed in the Assembly itself.

(2) If any Member be suspended under paragraph (l) of this Order, his or her suspension shall last until such time as the Assembly, by resolution, shall decide.

(3) Not more than one Member shall be named at the same time, unless two or more Members present have jointly disregarded the authority of the Chair.

(4) If a Member, or two or more Members acting jointly, who has or have been suspended under this Order from the service of the Assembly, shall refuse to obey the direction of the Speaker or the person presiding, the Speaker or the person presiding shall call the attention of the Assembly to the fact that recourse to force is necessary in order to compel obedience to his or her directions, and the Member or Members named by him or her as having refused to obey his or her directions shall thereupon and without any further question being put, be suspended from the service of the Assembly during the remainder of the session.

(5) Suspension from the service of the Assembly shall not, unless the Assembly so decides, exempt the Member so suspended from serving on any committee to which he or she may have been appointed before his or her suspension.

(6) Members who are ordered to withdraw or are suspended from the service of the Assembly shall forthwith withdraw from the precincts of the House.

(7) In the case of grave disorder arising in the Assembly, the Speaker may, if he or she thinks is necessary to do so, adjourn the Assembly without putting any question, or suspend the sitting up to a time to be named by him or her on the same day.

(8) Nothing in this Order shall be deemed to prevent the Assembly from proceeding against any Member for any breach of order not specified herein or from proceeding in any other way it thinks fit in dealing with the breaches of order herein mentioned.