[www.inewsguyana.com] – On the eve of what has been dubbed “the day of reckoning” and “dooms day”, Opposition Leader David Granger has issued a final caution to the President Donald Ramotar; warning that if he follows through with his threat to dissolve/prorogue Parliament will be to “call Armageddon on his own head.”
The President, in an address to the nation last week, said that he will prorogue Parliament should the Opposition push ahead with its vote of no confidence in his Administration.
But according to Granger, the combined parliamentary opposition will not be intimidated by the threats made by the Head of State; warning subliminally that the President will be responsible for the consequences of his announcement and subsequent actions.
“We are not clinching from our position; we are committed to supporting the motion,” Granger reasserted, even as he casted off assertions that the option of negotiation is still open.
The Opposition Leader said there is every intention to proceed with the Alliance for Change (AFC) sponsored motion; advising that a meeting between the two opposition Parties have been held and a strategy has been drafted.
Meanwhile, commenting on the issue along with Government Parliamentarian Manzoor Nadir, Opposition MP James Bond says it is his belief that the Head of State has shot himself in the foot.
He recalled the reasons for the motion which includes what the opposition say is an abuse of public funds, disrespect for the National Assembly and the failure to adhere to several constitutional requirements which calls for the setting up of several commissions and the holding of local government election.
Bond said the Head of State has squandered many opportunities for discussions to be held and compromises to be met.
However, Nadir believes that there is still time to fix or avert whatever disaster looms but says the opposition seems to have a “no budge position.”
“The dooms day clock is ticking but we still have time… but we have a flippant and arrogant opposition with no record of going to the people… so to bring this motion to me is the most arrogant motion at this point,” he added.
Nadir says the governing Party has a proud record to stand on and is not afraid to stand the scrutiny of what it has done over the last three years at the next general elections.
He suggested that prorogation will most likely follow any attempt to have the no confidence motion debated. The PPP MP said there is clearly a crisis and believes the President’s decision is in the best interest of all Guyanese and will result in building consensus and unity.