New Parliament session Opening

HARARE - The third session of the Seventh parliament begins today after the official opening by President Robert Mugabe.
According to Bill Watch this will be followed by the presentation of the mid-term fiscal policy review tomorrow.

This includes presentation of supplementary estimates of expenditure and taxation proposals by Finance Minister Tendai Biti.

Both houses are expected to sit to deal with outstanding bills.

According to Bill Watch, the intention is that both Houses should pass all available Bills by the end of the week. This will require suspension of certain Standing Orders to permit fast-tracking of Bills and may also entail late night sittings. There will then be an adjournment, probably to October, in order to permit the constitution outreach to proceed with its business.

Parliamentary Standing Orders, however, permit the Speaker of the House of Assembly and the President of the Senate to recall both Houses during an adjournment, if they are satisfied that the public interest requires a recall.

The constitution outreach went on recess for a week starting from this past Sunday. Meetings will resume next Monday to enable parliamentarians, who have been busy with the constitution gathering process, to attend to parliament business.

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