By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) plans to mobilize the private sector, civil society and other Bodies to put pressure on President Donald Ramotar to reconvene Parliament as soon as possible.
The Party continued its protest action today, Tuesday, November 18 outside the Office of the President where Ramotar is currently in a cabinet meeting.
Leading the protest was APNU Parliamentarian, Annette Ferguson, who shouted: “Where is the Dictator?” In response, the protesters said: “He is ducking in there.”
Following his decision to prorogue Parliament on November 10 for a period of six months, President Ramotar had said that he would use the time to have ‘dialogue’ with the combined Opposition; an idea which Leader of the Opposition David Granger has since rejected.
Granger has made it clear that he will have no dialogue outside of Parliament. However, he told iNews today that to date, he did not receive an official invitation from the President for any dialogue.
On Friday, November 14, the President told the media at a news conference that he would invite the Opposition “within a few days” to the bargaining table.
The Opposition Leader noted that the protest action will continue as he plans to mobilize the Guyanese society, Private Sector, civil society, Non Governmental Organisations, Trade Unions and Religious Organisations to “bring pressure to bear on the PPP to demand that Parliament is reconvened at the earliest time possible.”
Meanwhile, Granger has joined his Alliance For Change (AFC) colleagues in not lending any support to the 2015 budget.
“We are aiming at supporting the No Confidence Motion if Parliament is recalled. We do not see the prospect of supporting the budget because we are more concerned now with matters that have come before the House in the last three years which have made the bringing of the No Confidence Motion necessary in the first place. It is very unlikely that we will reach that stage of a budget because the people are angry at having Parliament prorogued, they will be in no mood to discuss a budget,” Granger told iNews today.
He reminded that the government did not hold consultations with the Opposition for the 2013 and 2014 budgets.
“There have been no such consultations on the 2014, similarly the 2015 budget. So even if it comes to Parliament, it will not contain the economic change the APNU is looking for.”