VETERAN Member of Parliament (MP), Ms. Deborah Backer who resigned her seat last Friday, has been replaced by Dr. Karen Cummings.
The latter was sworn in as Backer’s replacement in the National Assembly yesterday.Speaker of the House, Mr. Raphael Trotman acknowledged the loss of Backer as an MP and noted that her resignation was “very sorrowful” news.
He added that a letter from the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) confirmed that Cummings’ name, to replace Backer’s, was taken from A Partnership for National Unity’s (APNU’s) List of Candidates, which was presented on Nomination Day, prior to the December 2011 general elections.
Prior to her swearing in, the new MP met with the Speaker. Leader of the Opposition, Mr. David Granger welcomed Cummings and observed that she comes with considerable experience in the medical field.
He lauded both her expertise and commitment and added that these will “more than compensate” for the loss of Backer as an MP.
His confidence Granger expressed his confidence in Cummings’ ability to be able to contribute tangibly to the human development of the Guyanese people.
Prime Minister Samuel Hinds also extended welcome to the new MP and said the Government looks forward to her contribution for the benefit of Guyana.
He expressed his regret at the loss of Backer as a member of the House and tendered his sympathy for her illness.
Cummings is now seated in the second row of the Opposition benches, while APNU MP, Mr. Ronald Bulkan has been promoted to the front bench.
The swearing-in of Cummings was done in accordance with Article 167 of the Constitution.