By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Speaker of the National Assembly, Raphael Trotman is in support of Guyana having a coalition government, however he is a bit queasy when it comes to the issue of the Alliance For Change (AFC) forming a coalition Party with A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).
During his appearance on the radio programme ‘Hard Talk’ aired on Sunday, November 30 on 90.1 Love FM, Trotman, who is also an Executive Member of the AFC, said an APNU/AFC coalition is something that should be determined by the Guyanese people.
“I think it is something that should be tested by the people. Let the people determine,” he said, while noting that the hindrance to forming such a coalition has to do with “old fears, old prejudices.”
“I think what Guyana needs quite frankly is a grand coalition and that could include members of the PPP,” the House Speaker opined, while pointing out that the current prorogation of Parliament presents the opportunity for everyone to start anew.
“The opportunity presents itself, having pressed the pause button, for us to wipe the slate clean…come back with a new agenda…drawn from the manifestos from the Parties,” Trotman said.
He reiterated that the time is now for a larger conversation of a national unity government but one where members must have a strong sense of nationhood and mutual respect for each other.
As of recent, there were talks of the AFC merging with the APNU, an idea which Opposition Leader Granger welcomes, but one which AFC Leader, Khemraj Ramjattan is reluctant to consider.
Ramjattan’s reluctance became more obvious when he and AFC Executive Member, Moses Nagamootoo stayed away from the rally organized by A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and which was attended by AFC members at the Square of the Revolution on November 14.
In defending his reluctance, Ramjattan had said the biggest blunder the APNU and AFC can make at this point, in their individual objective to displace the PPP, is to merge.
“Apart from the huge challenges and dilemmas which will have to be confronted and surmounted in relation to a host of administrative issues, the serious error behind such a merger will be the dissolution of the AFC in the eyes of non-supporters of APNU, largely East Indians but not exclusively them.”