DA: Speaker should stand down

2008-01-18 00:00

Cape Town — Democratic Alliance chief whip Ian Davidson has written to National Assembly speaker Dr Baleka Mbete to ask her to reconsider her position as speaker following her election as ANC chairperson.

In his letter, Davidson said that Mbete should stand down because of the potential conflict of interests between her two roles.

“This conflict must call into question your ability to act with the impartiality … required,’’ Davidson said.

The DA chief whip congratulated Mbete on her appointment as ANC chair as well as the appointment to run the ANC Political Committee in Parliament.

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