By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com]–Alliance for Change (AFC) Executive Member, Moses Nagamootoo says President Donald Ramotar’s announcement that he will dissolve/prorogue Parliament, should the Opposition push ahead with a vote of no – confidence in his administration, is most disingenuous and cunning and shows his desperation to extend his minority rule.
Nagamootoo, who once served with the President as a member of the governing People’s Progressive Party (PPP), told a news conference today (November 06) that the strategy being employed by the Head of State, to avoid the no confidence motion, is a “spineless” and “devious” one that will result in extra parliamentary dictatorship.
He explained that once the President moves to prorogue Parliament, it will automatically give him six months in which he can continue to run as President without Parliament or calling elections.
Nagamootoo said after six months, the President either has the option of reconvening Parliament or calling elections within four months. The former PPP member fears that this will give the administration a total of 10 months to “dip their fingers further into the treasury” which the AFC has repeatedly protested against its abuse.
“It’s a devious plan of the Donald Ramotar administration,” the AFC Executive told reporters; adding that “only a government that is frighten of its own people would suspend Parliament.”
He said the PPP is aware of its abuse of the public purse and that the electorate has lost confidence in the administration for that reason, exclaiming that “it is time the PPP be made to confront its atrocities and face the no confidence motion or dissolve Parliament.”
Nagamootoo has warned the government, which he believes has all intention to dodge the motion, that it will not disappear and that with the support of the main opposition – A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) – there is all intention to proceed with it when the House convenes for its first post recess sitting on Monday, November 10.
He anticipates that the “cowardly” government will seek to prorogue the Parliament when he attempts to move the motion in the House on Monday. Nagamootoo is the AFC Member in whose name the motion is being piloted.
“The government is running like a dog chasing its own tail,” Nagamootto said even as he cautioned the administration that “in politics everything has a cause and effect.”
While trying not to let too much out of the bag, Nagamootoo said the AFC and APNU is meeting tomorrow, Friday, November 07 to refine its strategy and tactic that will be employed on Monday to ensure that the motion sees the “fresh air of the still living Parliament.”