By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Opposition Leader David Granger has finally responded in writing to President Donald Ramotar’s November 18 invitation for dialogue; maintaining that there will be no engagement with the Executive during the current period of governance with a non – functional Parliament.
Speaking to Reporters this morning (Tuesday, December 02) at another protest exercise outside the Office of the President, Granger said the Opposition coalition which he heads [A Partnership for National Unity – APNU] would be unprepared to participate in any dialogue for as long as the Parliament remains prorogued.
“He now has an answer and our answer is quite clear,” Granger said amid competing loud chanting from protestors.
The APNU Leader has also rejected the ruling People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) reasoning that he is being unreasonable by refusing to meet and talk.
“I normally don’t respond to the General Secretary of the PPP but I’ll make an exception today,” Granger said; adding that “We were elected by 175,000 persons on November 28, 2011 representing a majority. My view is that it is unreasonable for a minority to suspend the National Assembly when it is controlled by the majority… it is turning democracy on its head.”
The Opposition Leader argued that is quite reasonable to refuse to speak to the President “who has tried to shut up the voices of 175,000 persons.”
Granger like his Opposition counterparts – the Alliance for Change (AFC) – has maintained that if and when the Parliament is reconvened he intends to debate and pass a No –Confidence Motion against the Donald Ramotar led administration.
The Head of State prorogued the Parliament on November 10, ahead of a debate on the motion. Since then, the Opposition Parties have held weekly picketing exercises and rallies in rejection of the “undemocratic” stance Mr. Ramotar has taken.
Granger reminded today that his Party was interested in dialogue with the administration prior to the prorogation; adding that “this situation that we find ourselves in is entirely an invention of President Ramotar. This is unnecessary but he decided to suspend parliament then ask us to talk.”
Meanwhile, in response to the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) call for intensification of the ongoing protest actions, Granger has assured that the exercises will continue to be lawful.
“We will continue to act in the best interest of the entire Partnership… we are conducting a series of orderly and lawful protest to bring pressure to bear on the PPP administration and we feel that is working.”
Granger said his Party has a definite game plan; a plan he refused to divulge the details of.