By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Despite the Opposition Parties affirming that it will not engage the Donald Ramotar administration in dialogue outside of Parliament, the Office of the President has sent an official invitation to the Opposition for ‘talks.’
Cabinet Secretary, Dr Roger Luncheon told reporters at his post cabinet media briefing today, Wednesday, November 19, that the invite was dispatched sometime yesterday and the government is eagerly awaiting a response.
Cabinet is still hopeful that the Opposition Parties, led by David Granger, will change its mind. He said that Cabinet examined the option of “pulling the plug”; meaning that the President can dissolve the Parliament and call general and regional elections.
However, this will be the last resort. President Ramotar in his address to the nation on November 10 said if dialogue with the Opposition fails, then he will set a date for the elections, a position which Dr Luncheon reaffirmed today.
The President decided to prorogue the 10th Parliament in order to stave off the No Confidence Motion brought against his administration by the Alliance For Change.
The passage of the motion in the Opposition controlled House would have resulted in the government resigning and the President calling general elections.
His decision was met with rejection by the combined Opposition, who described him as a dictator. Meanwhile, the President has not given a specific time frame as to when he will give up on trying to convince the Opposition to agree to dialogue.
The prorogation period can last up to six months.