By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyanana.com] – At least three visibly pregnant women were today among scores of protesters outside the Office of President (OP); representing a continuation of the political opposition’s rejection of the prorogation of Parliament and the President’s refusal to name a date for the long overdue Local Government Elections.
Speaking to iNews, Opposition Leader David Granger said it is better for the President to call early general elections as he reiterated that there will be no engagement with the Executive outside the National assembly, particularly during the period of prorogation.
The Opposition Leader said similar mobilization in rejection of the President’s decision in occurring in all outlining regions. He said too that he has engaged the local Diplomatic Community, Unions and International Organizations; registering his disgust with what he says was a highly undemocratic stance by the President.
The main opposition – A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) – has been holding weekly protest outside OP on Tuesdays which is the day the Cabinet meets. The Opposition Leader was joining by other Members of Parliament (MPs) who led protesters in singing and chanting.
The Opposition Leader noted that the protest action will continue as he plans to mobilize the Guyanese society, Private Sector, civil society, Non-GovernmentalOrganizations, Trade Unions and Religious Organizations to “bring pressure to bear on the PPP to demand that Parliament is reconvened at the earliest time possible.”
The President had hoped that this period of prorogation will result in fruitful dialogue with the Opposition. However, the President has made it clear that if ‘talks’ fail then his next option is to call general elections.
General elections are not constitutionally due until November 2016.