[www.inewsguyana.com] – The main Opposition – A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) says that Guyana’s economy has begun to stagnate due to uncertainty relating to the holding of General and Regional Campaign.
The Party in a statement issued last evening also pointed out that there continues to be a marked increase in violent crime, which it blamed on the government.
“This is a direct result of government Ministers being more concerned with the Peoples Progressive Party General and Regional elections campaign rather than their respective portfolios,” the APNU statement noted.
The APNU also says it is in full agreement with the statement issued through the British High Commission in Georgetown referring to the United Kingdom Foreign Minister Tobias Ellwood’s call for the earliest possible resumption of Parliament as required by the Constitution of Guyana.
“The concerns of the government of the United Kingdom on the continued prorogation of Parliament and the absence of local government elections in Guyana for over 20 years, means that an essential element of a functioning democracy has been put on hold,” APNU noted in its statement.
APNU has been calling for an end to prorogation and a return to Parliamentary democracy along with the holding of local government elections which are constitutionally long overdue.
“The Parliament of Guyana has not met in over six months. This has allowed the Executive to avoid Parliamentary scrutiny of Ministerial behavior; avoid scrutiny of expenditure; avoid the holding of local government elections.”
President Donald Ramotar has already made it clear that he will not reconvene Parliament as he intends to hold general and regional elections sometime this year.
The President prorogued the Parliament in November 2014 in order to avoid facing a No Confidence Motion put forward in the National Assembly by the minority political party – the Alliance For Change.