By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has made it clear that the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is not begging the APNU+AFC administration to be part of the government or the executive.
This is in response to a statement by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, who chided the Party for wanting to choose who could lead the National Unity talks on behalf of the new government.
Jagdeo at a press conference on Friday, September 25 was clear that the PPP will not beg for a seat at the table of government.
“We can be choosers; it’s not like (we) went over and begged Nagamootoo to get us into government or the executive. It’s not like you see us begging to do that. We will keep an open mind on this issue,” said Jagdeo, a former two-term President of Guyana.
He stated that should the Opposition receive a clear and definitive word from President Granger on the issue, it would be more open to dialogue on National Unity.
“He (Nagamootoo0) said he is inviting us to form a National Unity government which is different from a National Unity Committee. He does not have the authority to make that offer, he is neither Head of State nor Head of Government,” Jagdeo posited.
The Opposition Leader is also pushing for some amount of clarity from the APNU+AFC administration, pointing out that there seems to be some amount of ambiguity on the topic of national unity.
“To even start talking about this issue, we have to define clearly, what it means. Until now there is still some ambiguity as to how it works…to talk about who will lead our team or their team is all premature,” he said.