By Tracey Khan – Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] – United Kingdom High Commissioner to Guyana, Andrew Ayre, has added his voice to those calling on President Donald Ramotar to reconvene Parliament at the soonest possible time to ensure democracy is preserved.
On November 10, the President prorogued Parliament to stave off the Alliance for Change’s (AFC) sponsored no confidence motion which is being supported by A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).
The passage of the motion in the Opposition controlled House would have forced the President to dissolve Parliament and call fresh elections within three months.
However, he opted to prorogue Parliament which can last for a maximum of six months.
During an interview with the media yesterday, the High Commissioner noted that, “the UK believes that the central pillar of democracy is Parliament and Parliament should re-sit at the shortest possible delay.”
When asked if he believes it should be reconvened in the face of a no confidence motion he made it clear that, “it’s for your politicians to determine, the constitution gives the President the right to prorogue Parliament; it also gives in article 106 (6) the right for the majority of MP’s to dissolve the Parliament and potentially have new elections. These things aren’t mutually exclusive.”
He believes this problem should be resolved by those in Guyana, however he believes that the international community would be a mediator if the need arises.
“My view on that is straight forward this is a Guyanese problem and it needs a Guyanese solution so time must be given for all stakeholders in Guyana to craft that solution themselves, however, if international mediation or the role of the international community is something that all parties would think is useful, then of course we would be happy to assist.”
He stressed on the need for democracy to be preserved in Guyana.