The third session of Parliament for the 2019 legislative year opened at the National Assembly and the Senate on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. The session is the last for the year and the last for parliamentarians before the holding of council and municipal elections convened for February 9, 2020.
The Speaker of the National Assembly, Honourable Cavaye Yeguie Djibril opened the session which is dedicated essentially to the examination and adoption of the 2020 state budget.
The solemn opening ceremony was attended by the government ministers, Member of the diplomatic corps and other special guests.
House Speaker Honourable Cavaye Yeguie Djibril congratulated the Prime Minister – Head of Government, Joseph Dion Ngute for successfully chairing the Major National Dialogue that resulted in far reaching recommendations to end the crisis in the North West and South West regions.
He also urged Members of Parliament to scrupulously examine the state budget and ensure that it meets the needs and aspirations of Cameroonians.
The ceremony however took place in the absence of parliamentarians of the Social Democratic Front, SDF party.
The opening ceremony at the Senate was presided over by the first vice President of the Senate, Senator Aboubakary Abdoulaye. He also saluted the successful holding of the Major National Dialogue and the outcome.
The Senators dedicated a moment of silence in honour of the 43 Cameroonians who perished in the landside that occurred in the Gouache neighbourhood in the Bafoussam III subdivision of the West region.
The first vice President of the Senate also invited senators to be diligent in their examination of the finance bill for the year 2020.
Senators of the Social Democratic Front, SDF party were also absent at the opening session of the Senate. SDF Senator Emilia Nkeze told reporters that their boycott is to call attention of delays in the implementation of the outcome of the Major National Dialogue. She said, “We just abstained because it seems like the issue of the outcome of the Major National Dialogue has been put in shelves. We want it to come out”
The current session is the third for the legislative year after the June and March sessions.