UPP Claims Government Disrespect Led to Opposition’s Absence in Budget Debate

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UPP Chairperson Gisele Isaac defended her party’s decision to leave seats vacant during a recent Senate and House of Representatives session, citing government disrespect toward the opposition.

Isaac expressed on Observer AM that the government’s clear reluctance to engage with the UPP led to senators’ non-participation. Criticizing the limited time granted for the December 19 budget debate, she argued it was unfair and insufficient for proper preparation.

Isaac emphasized the opposition’s ongoing effort to ready presentations even on the day of the budget debate, highlighting the initial proposal for December 18 and subsequent government shifts.

Despite the opposition’s insistence on December 21, a vote scheduled the debate for December 19, prompting their absence from the discussion.

The UPP plans a public event on January 11 to present opposition perspectives on the 2024 budget.

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