“I am quite confused by it” – Teixeira on court action to delimit presidential terms


By Jomo Paul

Presidential Adviser, Gail Teixeira

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Presidential Adviser on Governance and Chief Whip of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Gail Teixeira says she is confused by the recent court action that seeks to nullify one of Guyana’s recent constitution amendments.

On Monday, a writ was filed in the name of Cedric Richardson seeking to have the 2000 constitutional amendment nullified. Attorney representing Richardson in the matter, Emily Dodson had told iNews that such a major reform should have been undertaken by way of referendum.

But the Presidential Adviser told iNews that “I am quite confused by it actually…I don’t know what has triggered it. I don’t know what has made the lawyers, Mr Richardson, come out of some sort of …state but it makes no sense to me.”

Teixeira said the reform was made a part of the constitution after consultation with thousands of persons hence there must be some amount of legitimacy to it.

“The constitution is the constitution, it was approved by the House…it was done after consultation with thousands of persons; it must have its legitimacy,” said Teixeira adding that, it “doesn’t make any sense” at this point in time.

“I can fathom, for the life of me what they are trying to achieve because the former President [Bharrat Jagdeo] has made it very clear that he is not interested.” she concluded.

Dodson had also made it clear that the writ was not politically motivated, explaining that she has already received several questions to that extent from concerned politicians.

The Attorney explained that there is no specific reason for the motion being filed now, noting the fact that elections scheduled for May 11 was not considered in no major way.





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