By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Former Executive Member of the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C), Ralph Ramkarran believes that President Donald Ramotar has the ability to be a great President, but this will only be possible if he agrees to a coalition government.
During his appearance on the radio programe, ‘Hard Talk’ on 90.1 FM today, Sunday, September 07, Ramkarran was asked by host, Chris Chapwanya, about his thoughts on how effective Ramotar has been as President.
“That’s not a very easy question to answer. There is nothing wrong with Ramotar and there is nothing that is stopping him from being a great President. The reason why he is not a great President is because of the approach of the People’s Progressive Party to the current situation. And that is not Mr Ramotar’s decision. That is the decision of a group of people of the leadership of the PPP…. He takes their advice and guidance,” the Former PPP Executive said.
Ramotar heads a minority government with the combined Opposition having a one seat majority in the National Assembly. This situation has created a deadlock in the House with budget cuts and funding denied for several national projects as the government and Opposition cannot compromise.
Ramkarran believes that this stalemate can be broken if there is a coalition government.
“If Mr Ramotar decides today that he is going to negotiate a programme with a view to inviting APNU to join the government, the view of Mr Ramotar will be transformed overnight and Mr Ramotar has the makings of a great President and has the opportunity to write history in Guyana, he has the opportunity to transform Guyana to a different country, all he has to do is take it.”
He believes that the President has the ability to sell this idea to the leadership and lower down in the ranks of the PPP.
“Members of the PPP are anxious for a way out of this situation and will grasp at any leadership that is shown. I respectfully invite him to consider and make the move to change and transform Guyana,” Ramkarran said.
Ramkarran resigned from the PPP/C following a bitter dispute between him and other Party members. When asked if he will ever return to the PPP and play a leading role, he responded, “It’s not going to happen. I am regarded as an enemy by some persons in the leadership of the PPP.”
He also made it clear that he will not be joining with the Opposition forces.