The Leader of the Opposition has convinced himself, and his adherents, of abilities and powers he neither possesses constitutionally, or realistically. His initial success in securing the passage of a no-confidence motion, has emboldened him into believing that this government has been so weakened constitutionally, politically and morally, both here and abroad, that it cannot recover and its demise is imminent.
The Opposition Leader, because of his ability to influence many people, seems intent to seize the opportunity to attempt to usurp powers not granted him under the constitution.
Among the powers he has abrogated to himself are the powers to declare that:
1. the government will be illegal if elections are not held by March 21, 2019;
2. the President must name an election date within 90 days of the passage of the no-confidence motion, that is, by March 21, 2019;
3. the Guyana Elections Commission must undertake immediate preparations to deliver elections by March 21, 2019;
4. the failure of the President and GECOM to deliver elections by March 21, 2019 is illegal;
5. government expenditure and the award of contracts is illegal during this period;
6. Parliament would stand dissolved by March 21, 2019;
7. he would cause the international community to deliver governmental and personal sanctions post-March 21, 2019; and
8. he can offer “good faith” discussions with the President which can lead to a reprieve of all of the above or some form of arrangement.
The above represent only the opinion of the Opposition Leader and are neither constitutional nor political reality. Only the President, National Assembly, Guyana Elections Commission and the courts have the authority to pronounce on these matters, and they have, or are in the process of doing so, and the Opposition Leader must conduct himself responsibly.
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