Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources, Simona Broomes, yesterday commended the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change Coalition government for allowing Charrandass Persaud to leave parliament safely.
In a live video on Facebook, Broomes yesterday said that she decided to go live to talk to the viewers, whom she described as her fans, about the successful no-confidence motion against the government.
Responding to a comment from one of her “fans,” she said, “Yes, [Charrandass] is a Judas.” Broomes explained that they would usually have caucuses with the members where they would be free to voice their opinions. “But, of course, Judas would keep his hands to his side.”
She then commended the government for letting Persaud leave safely and for doing a good job by “leading in a different form.”
“The member was allowed to execute his rights in peace and confidence. We know, in the past, people’s rights were trampled upon. We allowed the gentleman to leave the parliament, to go well,” she stated.
She then assured her viewers that she’s confident of the coalition’s ability to win the next General Election.
“What Judas didn’t cater for was the resurrection, and I’m saying to you that the resurrection will come.”
“Be it 2018, 2019 and 2020, I am fully confident” that the APNU/AFC government will retain control of government with an even more overwhelming majority, granted by the voters of the people of Guyana.
Charrandass Persaud, a Member of Parliament from the AFC, defected from the coalition’s party line to vote for the motion of no-confidence against the government on Friday. After the vote, he spoke to the press.
“I feel that almost 80 percent of the Guyanese populace would want to have this government removed just for what has not been done in office.”
Asked whether he was offered any money to influence his vote, the AFC MP said, “I don’t sell my soul. I sold my conscience for three and a half years in this parliament to the detriment of my job. That has now come to an end.”
Persaud, who feared for his life, has fled the country. He said that he has received threats on his life.
Minister Khemraj Ramjattan told the media, following the vote, that Persaud departed Guyana in the early morning hours, yesterday. The Minister noted that the government lent its support to ensure that Persaud left the country safely, even to the point of using the authority of the Commissioner of Police.
The AFC has publicly stated that the party will expel Persaud from the party, as well as arrange his removal from the National Assembly. However, before he left, Persaud told the media that he will be resigning as a parliamentarian.
Ramjattan had said that, before the vote, a circular was distributed to all members, indicating that the vote was not a conscience vote, and that they should all vote against the motion.
Persaud said that he had not been given much of a voice in the party, that the vote was a rare chance for him to have a voice.
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