British envoy weighs in on gov’t manoeuvre

By Admin Wednesday November 19 2014 in Caribbean
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GEORGETOWN: One week after President Donald Ramotar suspended Parliament to avoid a no-confidence motion, Britain’s High Commissioner to Guyana, Andrew Ayre, has called for the swift resumption of the legislature.


“Parliament should re-sit in Guyana and get on with the business of taking this country forward,” said Ayre. “The UK believes that the central pillar of democracy is parliament and, therefore, parliament should re-sit with the shortest possible delay.”


Meanwhile, the main opposition group, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) has called on the nation to resist the imposition of a one-party dictatorship in Guyana.


In a release on Monday, the opposition also refuted allegations that dialogue between the Opposition and the Government had been discontinued.


“The APNU calls on all Guyanese not to accept this denial of democracy and not to allow the PPP/C (People’s Progressive Party/Civic) to implant a ‘one-party’ dictatorship in Guyana,” the release stated.


APNU and the minority Alliance for Change control 33 of the 65 seats in the Parliament. Ramotar has accused opposition legislators of using the one-seat majority to stifle Guyana’s development.

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