Granger loses vote of no-con­fi­dence

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GE­ORGE­TOWN – Pres­i­dent

David Granger said ar­range­ments are be­ing made for dis­cus­sions with Op­po­si­tion Leader Bhar­rat Jagdeo af­ter he suc­cess­fully tabled a mo­tion of no-con­fi­dence in the coali­tion gov­ern­ment.

“Mr Jagdeo con­tacted the

Min­is­ter of State and a meet­ing will be ar­ranged as early as pos­si­ble so that his con­cerns can be ad­dressed,” Pres­i­dent Granger said in a state­ment, adding also that his A Part­ner­ship for Na­tional Unity (APNU) gov­ern­ment would

“do ev­ery­thing nec­es­sary to fa­cil­i­tate the smooth func­tion­ing of Gen­eral and Re­gional Elec­tions bear­ing in mind the need for nor­mal gov­ern­men­tal func­tions to con­tinue un­in­ter­rupted”.

Gov­ern­ment back-bencher Cha­ran­dass Per­saud voted with the op­po­si­tion Peo­ples Pro­gres­sive Party (PPP) leg­is­la­tors to win the no-con­fi­dence mo­tion in the 65-seat Na­tional As­sem­bly af­ter sev­eral hours of de­bate.

The APNU had won the 2015 gen­eral elec­tion by a slen­der one-seat ma­jor­ity and de­spite re­peated urges by fel­low par­lia­men­tar­i­ans to change his vote, Per­saud de­clined.

He later told re­porters that he had not been of­fered any money or po­si­tion by the op­po­si­tion to vote against the coali­tion gov­ern­ment.

‘Con­science sti­fled’

“My con­science was sti­fled for long . . . they voted for things that should not have hap­pened, pe­riod,” Per­saud told re­porters.

Me­dia re­ports quoted Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Khem­raj Ram­jat­tan as say­ing that se­cu­rity ar­range­ments had been put in place for Per­saud, who is re­ported to have left the coun­try.

Granger said he is anx­ious to meet with Jagdeo, a for­mer head of state, on any con­cerns he may have and has sought to as­sure the Guyanese pop­u­la­tion “that this is not a cri­sis which could dis­solve into any type of con­fronta­tion”.

“This is a con­sti­tu­tional process which can have favourable out­comes for the na­tion . . . . There is no cause for alarm and there are no grounds for any form of dis­or­der and we will con­tinue to work to pro­vide a good gov­ern­ment and de­liver pub­lic ser­vices to the peo­ple and to work even more closely with the op­po­si­tion,” Granger said in his state­ment.

Ar­ti­cle 106 (7) of the Con­sti­tu­tion of Guyana states, “Not­with­stand­ing its de­feat, the Gov­ern­ment shall re­main in of­fice and shall hold an elec­tion within three months, or such longer pe­riod as the Na­tional As­sem­bly shall by res­o­lu­tion sup­ported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected mem­bers of the Na­tional As­sem­bly de­ter­mine, and shall re­sign af­ter the Pres­i­dent takes the oath of of­fice fol­low­ing the elec­tions.”

Granger con­firmed that he held talks yes­ter­day with some min­is­ters and will be also meet­ing with mem­bers of the Al­liance for Change, the mi­nor­ity mem­ber of the coali­tion and the party to which Per­saud be­longed.

Granger is un­der­go­ing can­cer treat­ment and has scaled back on his pub­lic ap­pear­ances, but has been work­ing from his home of­fice.

(FP)

PRES­I­DENT DAVID GRANGER says he is anx­ious to meet with Op­po­si­tion Leader Bhar­rat Jagdeo.

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