[www.inewsguyana.com] – Blue CAPS, a non-partisan civic non-governmental organization, has expressed its disappointment in what it described as the hostile and partisan climate of governance that exist between the executive and legislative branches that led to President Donald Ramotar’s decision to prorogue Parliament.
In a statement issued last evening, the Body made it clear that it is not in support of the President’s decision and urged him to reconvene Parliament based on “deep existential concerns for Guyana’s democracy.”
“Instead of promulgating healthy political competition that eventually would lead to meaningful bipartisanship for finding collective solutions to the nation’s most critical challenges, politicians on all sides have relied on outright maneuvering and brinkmanship.
“While we do not support the president’s decision to prorogue the Parliament and urge him to reconvene it urgently based on deep existential concerns for Guyana’s democracy, we also understand the rational of his decision against the threat of a no-confidence motion that would have curtailed the five-year democratic mandate to which he was justifiably elected to serve in executive office.”
According to the organisation, this entire episode reaffirms the urgent need for comprehensive constitutional reform that finally would eliminate statutes that have undemocratic roots and characteristics.
“Moreover, it underscores the need for us as a nation to look at ways of modernizing the state and reinventing government that facilitates dialogue and removes issues of distrust and cynicisms,” the statement noted.
Blue CAPS suggested that the government convene an independent panel of civil society stakeholders to oversee the resumption of talks with the Opposition.