By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – President Donald Ramotar has made his final decision, confirming the Opposition’s worst fears.
iNews has been reliably informed by an official within the Office of the President (OP) that the Head of State will move to prorogue Parliament before the end of today, Monday November 10.
There is a sitting set for 14:00 hrs this afternoon which many said will result in a showdown between the two sides, with the combined Parliamentary Opposition insisting that it intends to move ahead with its vote of no confidence against the Donald Ramotar administration.
iNews was reliably informed that a statement confirming the President’s decision will be issued shortly.
Opposition Leader David Granger yesterday issued a final caution to the President; warning that if he follows through with his threat to prorogue Parliament will be to “call Armageddon on his own head.”
The President, in an address to the nation last week, said that he will prorogue Parliament should the Opposition push ahead with its vote of no confidence in his Administration.
Meanwhile, according to Former Speaker of the National Assembly Ralph Ramkarran, the proroguing of the National Assembly means the termination of this session only and all pending business, which is not postponed to the next session but concluded in their unfinished state.
It was noted that the prorogation can only last for up to six months and elections are not constitutionally mandated. A new session resumes by proclamation.
Ramkarran explained that there are political constraints as to how long, within the six-month period, the Government may wish to prorogue.
A dissolution has the effect of terminating the life of the National Assembly. It has to be resumed in four months and cannot be resumed except after elections.