[www.inewsguyana.com] – Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Jose Miguel Insulza, in a statement today, urged the Guyana Government and Opposition Parties to redouble their efforts to reach an understanding and compromise following the prorogation of Guyana’s Parliament by President Donald Ramotar yesterday.
Insulza said he hopes that parliamentary debate could be resumed in this 10th Parliament in the shortest possible period of time.
Ramotar prorogued the Parliament yesterday, with immediate effect, for a maximum period of six months, which the OAS Secretary General said he observed has occurred within the framework of the country’s constitution.
However, the head of the hemispheric Organization stated that, in a democracy, an efficient functioning of the Parliament allows for checks and balances and for the voice of the people to be heard.
He pointed out too that since the last elections in November 2011, Guyana has had a split governance system “with the executive controlled by one party and the combined opposition having the majority in Parliament.”
“This situation presents both challenges and opportunities for all parties in Guyana to work together for the greater good of the country,” Insulza added as he urged the political Parties to compromise on the major political and socio-economic issues facing the country.