Hundreds want immediate debate on No – Confidence Motion


Parliament[] – Scores of Guyanese have endorsed a call for an immediate parliamentary debate on the pending no – confidence motion which the combined opposition intends to use to remove the Donald Ramotar led administration.

During iNews’ weekly poll, the question: “Should the Speaker allow an immediate debate on the Opposition’s No Confidence motion against Government?” was asked; to which 70 percent voted yes, 28 percent voted no and a mere 2 percent were undecided.

Speaker of the National Assembly, Raphael Trotman has already indicated that the Motion, which was submitted by the Alliance for Change (AFC), is order but did not indicate when the debate on the motion will be held.

AFC’s General Secretary David Patterson had said that the Party was looking for an early debate but observed that the most likely debate will be on the first sitting after the end of the current two month recess which culminates on October 10.

He explained that the AFC’s position is to have all Opposition Members of Parliament present, which amounts to a one seat majority in the House, so that the motion’s passage is guaranteed.

Patterson said an emergency sitting may be unlikely; explaining the difficulty in having all members present during the recess.

Opposition Leader, David Granger had said too that a debate on the motion was unlikely during the recess period; noting that several MPs had traveled overseas and how difficult it would be to recall those members.

What is for sure is that the one seat majority combined opposition is serious about this motion. The combined opposition contentions lay, among others, in the alleged illegal spending of public funds by Finance Minister Dr. Ashni Singh.

According to Guyana’s constitution, the President and the Cabinet must resign with immediate effect, if the motion is passed.

Once this is done, the Government has three months to remain in office and prepare for elections.




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