The No Confidence Motion against the Guyana Government will not be debated until after October 10 when the House comes out of recess.
Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs, had indicated that an extraordinary sitting of the House could be held in order to facilitate a debate, but Speaker Raphael Trotman had made it clear that the mover of the Motion would have to make a request first.
This publication made contact with the Alliance For Change’s (AFC), Vice Chairman, Moses Nagamootoo who had moved the Motion and he confirmed that a special request would not be made.
According to Nagamootoo, both the AFC and A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) have agreed that the Motion will be debated and voted on when the National Assembly resumes after recess.
The AFC recently made good on its promise to file a Confidence Motion against the Guyana Government which, if approved, will force Head of State, President Donald Ramotar to call fresh General Elections.
In a history making moment, the AFC’s General Secretary, David Patterson, accompanied by Treasurer Dominic Gaskin, on Thursday last delivered the Motion to Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs.
APNU has already signaled its intention to support the Motion.
The historic Motion is one line: “Be it resolved that this National Assembly has no confidence in the Government.” It was proposed by the party’s Vice Chairman, Nagamootoo and seconded by Member of Parliament, Catherine Hughes.
The Clerk of the National Assembly, upon receipt of the No Confidence Motion, immediately began researching the required material and told media operatives that the move by the AFC is catered for in the Constitution of Guyana. He said that the Motion- despite the fact that no such attempt has ever been made in Guyana’s history- will be treated as a normal motion.
Talk of a no-confidence motion against the PPP government lingered for months until recently, with the incumbent party telling the combined opposition to ‘put up or shut up’. The PPP’s General Secretary Clement Rohee had challenged the Opposition parties to “demonstrate their testicular capacity by giving effect to their stated desire for a no-confidence motion in parliament, failing which they should shut up and forever hold their peace.”
The combined Opposition, which gained a one-seat majority over the PPP Government that has been in power for the past 22 years, has expressed repeated disappointment in the Administration, whom they claim has been involved in financial impropriety and failed to adhere to decisions of the House of Parliament among other things.
The AFC had indicated its move to the No-Confidence Motion against the PPP government since all of the changes that it bargained for in the development of the country have not been given an ear by the Administration. The Finance Minister’s “violation of the law” by spending $4.5B of monies not approved by the National Assembly in the 2014 budget, among other issues, fuelled the No-Confidence Motion.
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