By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Leader of the Opposition, David Granger says the President’s threat to prorogue or dissolve Parliament is a constitutional outrage and a cowardly attempt to avoid the debate on the performance of his cabinet and his presidency.
According to Granger, while President Donald Ramotar has the constitutional right to do either of the two, it is not a democratic solution to political problems; explaining that the Parliament is intended to be a place for discussion, debate, decision-making and the passage of laws.
“Prorogation is a dangerous gambit intended to paralyze the parliamentary process but can have that can have unpredictable consequences,” Granger told reporters this morning.
Granger believes the President should face the debate on the PPP/C’s record in office rather than hide under the cover of prorogation.
“The President has obstructed the reconvening of Parliament for one month from 10th October to 10th November. He infringed on the Speaker’s authority and intruded officiously into the affairs of the Legislative branch,” Granger said.
He regarded the President’s address to the nation recently as “dreadful”; saying it aggravated the continuing constitutional crisis.
“It drained whatever confidence the public might have had in the People’s Progressive Party/Civic’s committment to the democratic resolution of political issues. It shattered hopes that he could ever lead the nation forward out of the one-party, ‘winner-takes-all’ mentality of his predecessors.”
Granger says his Party will not accept continued non-compliance with the Constitution especially with regard to the compulsory conduct of local government elections; the disregard for the integrity and independence of the National Assembly and allow itself intimidated by the PPP/C’s “domineering and dictatorial behaviour.”
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, who is the head of the government side in the House, says “the president has spoken”; cautioning the Opposition that there are options to defuse the current situation.
During a telephone interview in response Granger, the Prime Minister said he has been reading some articles that deals with the prorogation of Parliament around the world and asserted that President Ramotar is well within his constitutional right and believe the move may be necessary.
“It is no threat to Parliament… the Opposition has a right to their opinion,” he told iNews.
Meanwhile, the PM refused to disclose what the government strategy is for the Sitting on Monday. He would only say that “the President has spoken.”