Debate on No – Confidence Motion unlikely before October – Granger

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By Kurt Campbell

From L - R: APNU Leader, David Granger; Leader of the AFC, Khemraj Ramjattan and President Donald Ramotar.
From L – R: APNU Leader, David Granger; Leader of the AFC, Khemraj Ramjattan and President Donald Ramotar.

[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.

2 COMMENTS

  1. president ramotar should call snap elections now and put an end to the madness that is going on in the 10 th parliament between trotman and his confederates in the opposition. the govt should ask the usa to provide cameras to monitor whats going on inside and outside each polling station on election day.the usa should put their money where their mouth is .they should also ensure granger and ramjattan accept the will of the electorate.

  2. It is important to note that the President could call snap elections before the motion is debated and put to a vote….opposition must stop painting their $hitt on the ruling government…if there were any talk of snap election it would have been done the moment PPPC found out that 19 of their polling stations ballots were not counted before PNC start threatening violence running up n down the streets of Georgetown with the UK Ambassador declaring PNC victory..

    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..

    Do it since you have the powers to…
    PPPC should demand you do it and do it now and not wait..
    This country cant go on like it is at present..
    Its either PPPC get back majority or the combined opposition combined before election get their majority and mandate to rule where PNC will call off the dogs of war to stop the runaway crime rate and Ramjattan buddies can get their contracts and Nigel and Cathy Hughes willbe able to do big business with any foreign company they choose to..
    Stabroek News and Kaieteur news will have the President of their choice so is America…

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