During the resumption of parliamentary work after the lunch break, the Speaker made an announcement concerning two press articles around a rejected question from MP Joanna Bérenger, in particular on the notarial activities of Minister Kavi Ramano. Thus, Sooroojdev Phokeer explained the reason behind the rejection and asked the parliamentarian to apologize, which Joanna Bérenger did.

The Speaker of the National Assembly indicated that the decision to admit or reject a question depends entirely on the Speaker under the Standing Orders. He specifies that this “stays with the Speaker”. Sooroojdev Phokeer further argued that if a question is rejected or amended, the concerned parliamentarian can approach the Speaker “privately”.

“It is regrettable that some honorable members choose to turn to the press. This is a violation of the Standing Orders. The Speaker ensures that all matters are in accordance with the Standing Orders,” said Sooroojdev Phokeer.

He recalls that in the present case, Joanna Bérenger's question was rejected because, as recently as last Tuesday, there was a Private Notice Question (PNQ) on this subject. “Therefore, the matter could not be examined,” said the Speaker.

Sooroojdev Phokeer also underlines that by turning to the press, Joanna Bérenger “broke the rule”. “The honorable member is on the verge of potential contempt of the National Assembly, having offended the dignity of the House. The honorable member tenders an unconditional apology, otherwise he will be asked to withdraw from the House,” it added.

MP Joanna Bérenger has apologised to the Speaker, who warned that this is “a warning for next time”.

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