[www.inewsguyana.com] – The main opposition – A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) says the ruling People’s Progressive Party/Civic Administration seems bent on provoking a constitutional crisis and undermining parliamentary democracy.
According to APNU Chief Whip Amna Ally “the PPP/C, since the start of the 10th Parliament which was convened in January 2012, has been trying to diminish the autonomy and authority of the National Assembly. The PPP/C has been trying to prevent the National Assembly from functioning in a democratic manner mainly because it finds itself in a parliamentary minority.”
She added that PPP/C executive, for the last 29 months, has defied the decisions of the National Assembly to disapprove funds; withheld assent to important bills; refused to implement resolutions; brought Motions in the High Court against the Speaker and Opposition Leader and launched a fierce media campaign against members of the National Assembly.
Ally recalled that Speaker of the National Assembly Raphael Trotman at one stage last year had to warn President Donald Ramotar that he could be in “gross dereliction of his constitutional duty” for not approving Bills that have been passed by the National Assembly. Trotman had said “The Office of the President is cautioned not to provoke a constitutional crisis as there is no winner in such a scenario but, rather, to respect and recognise the reality, authority and legitimacy of the 10th Parliament.” The Speaker was also obliged to warn that continued recourse to the High Court to challenge legitimate decisions of the National Assembly pointed to the growing danger of a constitutional crisis.
According to Ally the Executive has attempted to impair democracy by resorting to various anti-parliamentary tactics.
She pointed out too that the PPP/C continues to employ the state-owned media – the National Communications Network (NCN), Government Information Agency (GINA) and the Guyana Chronicle newspaper that is published by Guyana National Newspapers Ltd (GNNL) – to vilify the Opposition.
“The PPP/C’s strategy is clear. It has set out to strangle the autonomy of the National Assembly and provoke a constitutional crisis and blame A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) for its own mismanagement and mistakes in Government. APNU’s policy is equally clear. It will continue to resist the PPP/C’s attempts to diminish our parliamentary democracy.”