Gov’t, Opposition Agree to Work Together

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President David Granger greets Opposition Leader Mr. Bharrat Jagdeo at the Ministry of the Presidency, Wednesday January 9, 2019. (Ministry of the Presidency photo)

To Expediciously Conclude Matters Surrounding No-Confidence Vote

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – The Government of Guyana and the Parliamentary Opposition have committed to work towards concluding matters surrounding the December 21, vote in the National Assembly, which is currently engaging the attention of the court.

This was disclosed in a joint communique issued by both partieis following a meeting between President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday, January 9th.

According to the communique, the two sides met in an atmosphere of cordiality and committed to working together on all matters relating to the protection of Guyana’s sovereignty, regardless of the internal political issues.

Discussions focused on two broad areas as set out in an agenda put forward by President Granger. These included the Constitutional and Legal situation, which involves the functioning of the National Assembly and Regional and General Elections.

President David Granger meeting with Opposition Leader Mr. Bharrat Jagdeo at the Ministry of the Presidency on Wednesday January 9. The President was accompanied by Prime Minister, Mr. Moses Nagamootoo, Vice-President, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Carl Greenidge, Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon, Attorney General Mr. Basil Williams, Minister of Public Security, Mr. Khemraj Ramjattan, Minister of Natural Resources, Mr. Raphael Trotman and Ms. Amna Ally, Minister of Social Protection. The Opposition Leader was accompanied by Ms. Gail Teixeira, Mr. Anil Nandlall, Mr. Frank Anthony, Mr. Juan Edghill, Mr. Irfaan Ali and Ms. Pauline Sukhai. (Ministry of the Presidency photo)

The President indicated that the Government and the Opposition, by agreement in the National Assembly, can enlarge the time for the hosting of the elections beyond the 90 days contemplated by Article 106 (7) of the Constitution.

Opposition Leader Jagdeo called for the National Assembly to only meet to deal with issues connected with the provision of essential services by the State and all matters related to the preparation of General and Regional elections.

However, Granger stated that it is lawful for the Government to engage the Court, to bring clarity to the provisions of Article 106 (6) and 106 (7) of the Constitution. Pending the conclusion of the legal proceedings, Parliament, he said, remains functional.

The Head of State emphasised that the Government is legal and that it must govern without any limitations on its authority. He further stated that there is no provision in the Constitution which imposes a limitation on the Government to perform its lawful functions.

The parties then identified Minister of Social Protection, Amna Ally and Opposition Chief Whip, Gail Teixeira to enquire into the readiness of GECOM.

Both parties expressed their willingness to meet to ensure the management of the various issues facing the nation.

Granger, in an address immediately following Wednesday’s meeting, said the two sides will examine the hosting of the elections within the administrative capabilities of GECOM and deemed the meeting “fruitful.”

“I would say in conclusion, that we have had a successful engagement, both the leader of the Opposition and the President are concerned about the situation. We would like to assure the public of Guyana that we are working to a solution which they will be satisfied with, the public interest is our paramount concern.” – CMC

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