People’s Progressive Party General Secretary Clement Rohee is taking Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo to task over several promises he made during the last General and Regional Elections regarding reducing the powers of Guyana’s Executive President.
Nagamootoo had said he always felt that the President had too much power and promised that he would do whatever is possible to have those powers reduced. However, Rohee at a recent media briefing said seven months have elapsed since the new administration took office but to date no action was taken by Nagamootoo or his peers to move in this direction.
“Not a single initiative has been taken by Nagamootoo to humble the powers of the President and the excess of the Executive… Let’s see if he has the testicular perspicacity to do so in the upcoming review of the constitution,” Rohee posited.
Though he is advocating for the coalition to fulfil its promise in this regard, Rohee declined to comment on the PPP’s position about the lessening of presidential powers.
Soon after being sworn in as Prime Minister, Nagamootoo had said that he wants to “start on humbling the powers of the President, the excess powers of the Executive, and to bring about inclusion within the government system.”
Government had established a Constitutional Reform Steering Committee that was tasked with setting up the framework for substantive constitutional reforms and to define the scope of the actual reform process and the establishment of terms of reference and mechanisms for consultations to establish a Constitutional Reform Commission. This report was recently submitted to the Prime Minister for review.