By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – While Speaker of the National Assembly, Raphael Trotman has indicated his readiness to suspend the Parliamentary recess and call an emergency sitting to allow for a debate on the pending vote of no – confidence against the Donald Ramotar led administration, Opposition Leader David Granger believes that any such debate before October is unlikely.
Granger told iNews today (Friday, August 8), that while the Alliance for Change (AFC) will have to make a decision on when they will proceed with the debate, he remains doubtful that it will be done anytime during the two month recess which runs until October 10.
“It is now left to the AFC because it’s their motion but once it comes down to a debate we are willing to support it,” Granger said; adding that “the AFC on its own does not have the ability to recall the National Assembly before the end of recess… we have not been approached and it is very unlikely because many persons have travelled, people unusually do their medical and other personal things during the recess… its difficulty to recall the entire National Assembly,” the Opposition Leader told iNews.
The AFC, through its General Secretary David Patterson submitted the no – confidence motion to the Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs yesterday. Isaacs will now be required to ensure it reaches the standard criteria after which he will submit it to Speaker Trotman.
The main opposition – A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) – has already signaled its support for the motion. The two parties have a combined one seat majority in the House which will allow for a safe passage of the motion.
It is important to note that the President could call snap elections before the motion is debated and put to a vote.
Patterson told iNews that the motion has no ‘whereas clauses’; just on resolution which states that the National Assembly has no confidence in the administration.
According to Guyana’s constitution, the President and the Cabinet must resign with immediate effect, if the motion is passed in the National Assembly.
Once this is done, the Government has three months to remain in office and prepare for elections. President Donald Ramotar has already expressed his readiness for elections if the motion is passed.