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Kamla waits for sisterís medical procedure

By Clint Chan Tack Thursday, January 2 2014

PRIME Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is expected to return to the country by this weekend.

Persad-Bissessar left the country on December 27 for New York to visit her older sister Sally Ahamad who is ailing.

Senior Government officials told Newsday yesterday Ahamad is expected to undergo a procedure at a hospital in New York later this week. They said depending on the outcome of the procedure, Persad-Bissessar should return to the country this weekend. They indicated the Prime Minister remains in good health and notwithstanding the personal matters she is currently dealing with in New York, has been keeping in touch with Acting Prime Minister Errol McLeod pertaining to matters of State.

McLeod will chair todayís weekly Cabinet meeting at the Office of the Prime Minister in St Clair. Newsday was informed McLeod will also chair a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) after the Cabinet meeting at the same venue. Government officials indicated this meeting will deal with follow-up issues pertaining to last monthís oil spills and other national security matters.

Contacted yesterday, Government Chief Whip in the House of Representatives Dr Roodal Moonilal indicated that subject to Persad-Bissessarís approval, he intends to propose the House sit on either January 8 or 10. Saying Government has a heavy legislative agenda to deal with this year, Moonilal said Government hopes to complete debate on the Bail Amendment Bill 2013, which was suspended on December 13, when it next sits.

This bill proposes to increase the range of offences for which a person could be denied bail. Moonilal also said the long awaited public procurement legislation, which Government promises in its May 2010 general election manifesto, should be debated sometime this month as well. Moonilal said this legislation is currently in the final stages of re-tooling before the Legislative Review Committee. He identified a Finance Bill, the Insurance Bill, Beverage Container Bill and Planning and Facilitation Bill as some of the other pieces of legislation which Government will bring to Parliament this year.

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