[www.inewsguyana.com] – Opposition Leader, David Granger says he is ‘considering’ a response to President Donald Ramotar’s invitation to commence dialogue on the way forward following the prorogation of Parliament.
Granger, who is also the leader of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), told a news conference today, Friday, November 21 that he has not officially responded to the President’s invitation.
“I am considering a response,” he said. He told reporters that he has no time frame in mind as to when he will issue his response. While the Opposition Leader explained that he does not object to having his Party members communicate with the President or other Cabinet members, he says there has been no third party communication.
“I can’t prevent an individual Party from making contact. I can’t prevent the AFC or WPA from making contact,” Granger said.
He maintained his position that he will not engage the President in any dialogue until Parliament is reconvened.
“As far as I am concerned, I have not been in communication with the President. I have not been in touch with the President,” the Opposition Leader reiterated.
President Ramotar in his address to the nation on November 10 said if dialogue with the Opposition fails, then he will set a date for the elections, a position which Dr Luncheon reaffirmed today.
The President decided to prorogue the 10th Parliament in order to stave off the No Confidence Motion brought against his administration by the Alliance For Change.
The passage of the motion in the Opposition controlled House would have resulted in the government resigning and the President calling general elections.
His decision was met with rejection by the combined Opposition, who described him as a dictator. Meanwhile, the President has not given a specific time frame as to when he will give up on trying to convince the Opposition to agree to dialogue.
The prorogation period can last up to six months.