By Tracey Khan – Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Former Speaker of the National Assembly, Ralph Ramkarran believes the Opposition is responsible for the non-formation of a coalition Government.
The Former PPP/C Executive Member made this comment on the radio program ‘Hard Talk’, aired on 90.1 FM on Sunday, September 07.
“I put the blame on the Opposition for failing to build a case for a coalition government. I mean, had I been in the Opposition, that is what I would have been talking about every day and put the government under pressure,” Ramkarran said.
Following the combined Opposition’s one seat majority in Parliament after the last elections, Ramkarran thought that the Opposition’s first demand under the new dispensation would have been for the formation of a coalition government.
“It surprised me that the Opposition’s first demand has not been the formation of a coalition government and it has surprised me that the second demand of the Opposition has not been constitutional reform which would avoid the type of crisis we have today…that has really surprised me,” he told the host, Chris Chapwanya.
“The Opposition got a rude awakening when the President refused to assent to their Bills and when he did not have meaningful discourse on the 2014 budget,” Ramkarran lamented.
After the 2011 general elections, Leader of the APNU, David Granger had called on the PPP to abandon its “winner takes all” attitude and embrace inclusive governance.
This is a position that the Opposition still holds firm.
In response, the ruling Party’s General Secretary Clement Rohee had said, “These are good political sound bites which the APNU is now seeking to capitalize on but which in fact are ideas and proposals advanced by the PPP decades ago but were unconditionally rejected by the PNC. This call by Granger is nothing short of shameless hypocrisy.”
Rohee also credited distrust among Political Parties as a reason for the no coalition Government.