By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Opposition Leader David Granger has rejected a proposal by the Private Sector Commission (PSC), to resolve the current parliamentary impasse; saying the options has been exhausted and has failed.
He described the proposal by the PSC as an “interesting initiative” but believes it should have been sent to President Donald Ramotar instead of the Parliamentary Opposition Parties.
“The main points raised by the Private Sector Commission were exhaustively dealt with in meetings with the President,” Granger said as he recalled meeting with the Head of State in February, June and October.
“Actually, the President has been successful in preventing serious discussion and resolution of these issues,” Granger said; adding that “Nobody can tell me now that I must go and talk to the President about local government elections when I have been picketing for eight weeks.”
The Opposition Leader said he was sympathetic to the PSC’s concerns but maintained that the proposal has failed in the past and should be sent to the President; directing him to come to the Opposition and resolve the matters among which is the current prorogation of Guyana’s Parliament.
He said the PSC should tell the President to end the Prorogation instead of asking the Opposition to hold off on its No – Confidence Motion which it had brought against the Donald Ramotar Administration and later contributed to the current situation of governance with a nonfunctional Parliament [legislative arm].
Granger reminded of its support for the Alliance for Change (AFC) sponsored motion and says that support cannot be withdrawn.
The President is expected to make an announcement on the current situation tomorrow but Granger is not giving any assurances that there will be room for dialogue once the prorogation is revoked and Parliament is recalled.
“When we return to Parliament we can decide what will be discussed… it is the President who prorogued and he must revoke. The ball is in the President’s Court,” Granger added.
Among the PSC’s recommendations is for the President to consider bringing an end to the prorogation as soon as is practical but no later than December 31.
It also recommends that the political parties agree to a moratorium of one month after the end of prorogation to facilitate such dialogue before any consideration is given to the dissolution of Parliament or the passing of the no confidence motion.
Among other requests is for representatives of Civil Society to be included as observers to any dialogue process agreed upon so that they could be kept meaningfully informed as to the agreements and commitments by all parties.