[www.inewsguyana.com] – A New York-based Caribbean association has chastised Antigua & Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne for comments he made about the current political situation in Guyana.
Browne, in his capacity as Caricom Chairman, told Stabroek News recently, that the community was not too concerned over the proroguing of Guyana’s Parliament; and that it would respect President Donald Ramotar’s judgment and Constitutional right to suspend the legislative branch.
The Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy said Browne is uninformed and his comments were offensive and incompatible with democratic values.
The institute’s president Rickord Burke, in a statement yesterday accused Browne of being “uninformed and vacuous.”
He also accused Caricom of demonstrating bias towards the ruling People’s Progressive Party (PPP).
Ramotar on November 10, 2014, abruptly suspended the nation’s Parliament to prevent the passage of a no-confidence motion against his government.
The government is in the minority with 32 seats. The combined opposition controls the majority of 33 seats.
Guyana is to go to the polls early. Presidential and parliamentary elections are due in 2016, but will be conducted next year. [Antigua Observer]