Will Pierre Lead The Charge Against PM?

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - ---Joshua St. Aimee

Mak­ing re­gional as well as in­ter­na­tional head­lines over the last week­end was the suc­cess­ful vote of no con­fi­dence against Guyana’s coali­tion gov­ern­ment that com­prised A Part­ner­ship for Na­tional Unity (APNU) and the Al­liance for Change (AFC). The mo­tion was brought by the main op­po­si­tion, the Peo­ple’s Pro­gres­sive Party (PPP) which won 32 of the 65 seats in the 2015 gen­eral elec­tion.

With the pass­ing of the mo­tion, the peo­ple of Guyana must now head to the polls no later than March 2019. Elec­tions were con­sti­tu­tion­ally due by Au­gust 2020, un­til the no- con­fi­dence mo­tion that re­sulted in a 33-32 count, thanks to gov­ern­ment MP Char­ran­das Per­saud’s vot­ing with the op­po­si­tion. Re­port­edly, Per­saud has since fled Guyana for his own safety.

Im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the vote count in Par­lia­ment he was am­bushed by re­porters. He told them he was “ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed in the AFC team and had no con­fi­dence in what they were do­ing”.

Ad­di­tion­ally: “We are sit­ting in par­lia­ment as yes-men to the APNU. We’ve not blended with the APNU. Why are we do­ing ev­ery­thing they want us to do? We are not op­pos­ing any­thing, we’re not even say­ing no to any­thing. That’s the prob­lem. I can’t stand that. There are times when you have to vote ac­cord­ing to your con­science and not be­cause of party af­fil­i­a­tion. This is a con­science vote.”

Mean­while on Mon­day in neigh­bour­ing Saint Kitts & Ne­vis, the op­po­si­tion Saint Kitts and Ne­vis Labour Party’s no­con­fi­dence mo­tion was de­bated but failed to pass. Here in Saint Lu­cia, the word is that a no­con­fi­dence mo­tion filed with the House clerk by op­po­si­tion leader Philip J. Pierre at the last sit­ting of par­lia­ment will likely be heard in early Jan­uary.

Lo­cal MPs are soon to de­bate a no con­fi­dence mo­tion filed ear­lier this month with the House clerk by op­po­si­tion leader Philip J. Pierre (pic­tured).

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