Ramjattan admits constitutional crisis looms

first_imgNo-confidence resolution…as Ram calls on President to immediately honour ConstitutionChartered accountant and Attorney Christopher Ram, on Saturday called on President David Granger to immediately honour his words and start acting on the December 21, 2018, no-confidence resolution asking, “which la la land is Granger living in?”Ram made the statement when he appeared on a panel discussion on Globespan 24×7 live show in New York. The discussion, titled ‘Is there a constitutional crisis looming’ in Guyana, was streamed live on social media site Facebook with Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan being part of the panel. The programme was moderated by Financial Analysis Sase Singh.The passage of the December 21, 2018, No-confidence Motion, saw the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government being toppled. The motion was moved by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and carried in a 33-32 vote, with AFC MP Charrandas Persaud defecting in support of a vote of conscience in favour of the motion.The passage of the motion activated Article 106 (6) and (7) of the Constitution which states, respectively: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.” And “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”However, the Government is challenging the validity of the resolution owing to the fact that Persaud holds dual citizenship and a total of 34 votes were needed to have it validly passed. Acting Chief Justice Roxane George has since ruled that while Persaud is a dual citizen his vote remains valid as a result of the doctrine of necessity as well as the resolution was validly carried having garnered the majority of the votes of the elected Members of the House.It has been 64 days since the resolution was carried and no move has been made by the Government to have elections held within the constitutionally mandated 90 days.Additionally, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has since indicated that it will require at least five months to prepare. This move has been condemned by many with observes accusing GECOM of ignoring its constitutional mandate to buy time for the Government.Constitutional crisisDuring the discussion on Saturday, the question of whether members of the National Assembly can return to the House to have the extension of the 90 days to which he responded that the 11th Parliament has not yet been dissolved, which means that they can.“What is important is for Mr Granger as President to start acting on the No-confidence Motion which he promised to do. Mr Jagdeo called on Mr (Joseph) Harmon on the very night and said we need to get together and decide on the way forward. It took Mr Granger 18 days and he wanted to know what Mr Jagdeo wants to talk about,” he noted.“Which la la land is Granger living in? Doesn’t he know there is a constitutional crisis…doesn’t the President of the country know that and since Mr Ramjattan he is a Vice President shouldn’t he tell Mr Granger that look you are brewing here one of the worst constitutional crises to confront Guyana in its post-independence history,” Ram added.Meanwhile, Minister Ramjattan said while prorogation of Parliament is an option for President Granger, he is “certain that the President will not prorogue Parliament and seek the support of the Leader of the Opposition” as well as consult with GECOM in regard to their readiness then he can dissolve the Parliament and set a date for elections.Staying true to the discussion, both panelists – Ramjattan and Ram – admitted that Guyana will enter into a constitutional crisis come March 19 and the constitutionally mandated Regional and General Elections are not held.“Well then you will certainly have what is internationally regarded as a constitutional crisis and I must admit that for the purposes of this dialogue that we are going to presume that the 90 days has passed and we still do not have the two-third majority in Parliament, we are going to enter some uncharted waters,” Ramjattan admitted.He explained that it is important to understand, notwithstanding the looming constitutional crisis, the Government as well as political parties are within their rights to utilise the courts for better explanation. The Vice President went on to state that GECOM is a constitutional body just as a High Court Judge and if they indicate that they are not ready for then, the crisis could only be solved by dialogue with the Government and Opposition.However, Ram said GECOM is the creature of the Constitution of Guyana and that they can tap into the Contingency Fund for the hosting of elections.“We already have a crisis because the Government is saying that we are not going to play by the democratic rules of this Constitution and we will decide how to interpret it as and when we want and if it doesn’t please us then we will break it and who does what we want and that is the attitude we are having. It does not auger well,” Ram indicated.last_img read more

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Juventus send scouts to watch Arsenal and Man United target Edinson Cavani

first_img Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani Juventus are increasing their efforts to sign Arsenal and Manchester United target Edinson Cavani in the summer.The Old Lady are reportedly set to lose Alvaro Morata and Mario Mandzukic at the end of the season and see the Paris Saint-Germain forward an as an ideal fit to help replace the duo.Arsenal and United have tracked the Uruguayan for the past few years but have stopped short of making any concrete offers.Cavani, who has scored 14 goals in 32 appearances for the French champions this term, is reportedly unhappy with life in Paris and is searching for a fresh challenge.And, according to Tuttosport, Juve are now leading the race to land the 29-year-old and are sending scouts to Paris tonight to watch him in action in the Champions League clash with Chelsea. 1last_img read more

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