Con­ver­gence of think­ing from ma­jor west­ern pow­ers po­lit­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant

Stabroek News - - LETTERS -

Dear Ed­i­tor, The Amer­i­can, Bri­tish and Cana­dian gov­ern­ments, (re­ferred to as the ABC coun­tries), through their re­spec­tive en­voys in Guyana, have weighed in on the need for the ju­di­cial process and demo­cratic norms to be fol­lowed in the ap­point­ment of the GE­COM Chair­man. This is most re­fresh­ing and bodes well for the fu­ture of democ­racy in Guyana.

The Con­sti­tu­tion is the supreme law of the land and any de­par­ture from the pro­vi­sions of the con­sti­tu­tion in the ap­point­ment of the GE­COM Chair­man must be of con­cern to all.

The PPP has mounted a le­gal chal­lenge re­gard­ing the con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity of the Pres­i­dent’s uni­lat­eral ap­point­ment of re­tired Judge James Pat­ter­son as Chair­man of GE­COM. A date for the hear­ing has al­ready been set for Novem­ber. All eyes are now fo­cused on the Court’s rul­ing on the mat­ter.

United States Am­bas­sador Mr. Perry Hol­loway, like his Bri­tish and Cana­dian coun­ter­parts, while stay­ing clear of the con­tro­versy re­gard­ing the con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity of the ap­point­ment, has ex­pressed the view that the Court is the place where the mat­ter should be de­ter­mined. The US Am­bas­sador fur­ther urged that the mat­ter be dealt with ex­pe­di­tiously.

The fact that there is con­ver­gence of think­ing from all three of the ma­jor west­ern pow­ers is po­lit­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant and in­dica­tive of a con­cern over the fu­ture of democ­racy in the coun­try and the im­pli­ca­tions it could have in terms of po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity and so­cial co­he­sion in the event of any at­tempt, real or imag­ined, to sub­vert the demo­cratic fab­ric of this coun­try.

In­deed, these west­ern pow­ers, more par­tic­u­larly the United States have a duty and a re­spon­si­bil­ity to find a po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion to what ap­pears to be an emerg­ing cri­sis in the coun­try.

The United States has a long his­tory of in­volve­ment in the po­lit­i­cal af­fairs of Guyana. It was highly in­stru­men­tal in the re­turn of demo­cratic elec­tions on Oc­to­ber 5, 1992 through the Carter Cen­ter.

The preser­va­tion and con­sol­i­da­tion of democ­racy in Guyana is ev­ery­body’s busi­ness in­clud­ing that of the United States and other west­ern pow­ers. I take this op­por­tu­nity to com­mend your pa­per, the Stabroek News for the strong ad­vo­cacy role it played, and con­tin­ues to play in the demo­cratic re­newal of our beloved coun­try. Yours faith­fully, Hy­dar Ally

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