[www.inewsguyana.com] – Opposition Leader, David Granger has revealed that the combined political opposition will table the no confidence motion against the government in the National Assembly in October.
Granger, who is also the Leader of A Partnership for National Unity [APNU], told some members of the media today that Parliament goes into recess on Friday, August 08 and will not reconvene until October 10.
He clarified that there is no sitting before August 08. At its shadow cabinet meeting yesterday, the APNU decided to support the motion, spearheaded by the minority political party – the Alliance for Change [AFC] – which used the alleged illegal spending of Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh as one of its grounds to table the motion.
For weeks, the APNU had been iffy about its support of the motion. If tabled and passed in the National Assembly, the Donald Ramotar led administration will have to resign and prepare for general elections in three months.
“The Partnership [APNU] is fed up with this lawlessness and it is not possible, it is not feasible that we can continue with the government that does not respect the will of the majority in the National Assembly and is not prepared to abide by the constitution, so it’s not a matter of readiness, we are certainly not ready to put up with this Government’s lawlessness,” Granger said.
On a separate note, he said the APNU is willing to accept the AFC into its partnership; however, coalition talks with that Party have not taken place.
“No we have had no coalition talks with the AFC but we have been collaborating with the AFC for the past 30 months but we have not discussed coalition with them but the APNU because its committed to national unity, because it’s a multi party coalition, we have always stated that our mission is to establish a government of national unity and the more parties, the more interest groups, the more civil society groups that come in would be the better for us because we do not want to exclude anybody.
“The whole concept of a government of national unity is based on a concept of inclusionary democracy so we would welcome the AFC into the partnership as soon as they are ready.”
The Opposition leader is confident that the Party will win the next election.
“We are confident because the PPP has made a mess of the country, nobody can pretend that this country is safe when you look at the rate of piracy murders, ordinary crime, armed robberies and murders in the hinterland and elsewhere. When you look at traffic accidents and trafficking in persons, when you look at the outbreak of chickungunya, I don’t think that anybody is happy with the way Guyana is going now so we’re very confident that the people have no confidence in the PPP to continue running this country for another 1, 2, 3 or 5 years,” Granger opined.
Granger noted that the calls for local government elections will not be on the back burner because of its plans to move a no confidence motion.