“Spe­ci­al law ai­med at pro­tec­ting Mi­nis­ter Hoef­draad”

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

Par­li­a­ment has re­por­ted­ly re­cei­ved the pro­po­sed tem­po­ra­ry amend­ment of the Sta­te Debt Act from Pre­si­dent De­si Bou­ter­se. The amend­ment is ai­med at rai­sing the lo­an li­mit from 60 to 80% for the next 4 ye­ars. The op­po­si­ti­on has stron­gly con­dem­ned the govern­ment’s in­ten­ti­ons be­cau­se the pro­po­sed chan­ges to the le­gis­la­ti­on would ma­ke it im­pos­si­ble to pro­se­cu­te the Fi­nan­ce mi­nis­ter for ex­ceeding the lo­an li­mit. The govern­ment has pro­po­sed to rai­se the li­mit with 20% from No­vem­ber 1, 2016 un­til No­vem­ber 1, 2020. MP Gre­go­ry Rus­land (NPS) is shock­ed by the fact that the govern­ment has in­clu­ded this tem­po­ra­ry form of im­mu­ni­ty in the amend­ment. He poin­ted out that the in­ten­ti­ons of the govern­ment are ob­vious. “The amend­ment will ma­ke it im­pos­si­ble to hold the mi­nis­ter ac­coun­ta­ble for mis­ma­na­ge­ment at the Mi­ni­stry of Fi­nan­ce,” said MP Rus­land who pre­dic­ted that rai­sing the lo­an li­mit will cre­a­te se­rious pro­blems. He ex­plai­ned that na­ti­o­nal pro­duc­ti­on cur­rent­ly can’t co­ver hu­ge loans. “We fear that things will keep get­ting out of hand,” said MP Rus­land who is al­so the chair­man of the Na­ti­o­nal Par­ty Su­ri­na­me.

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