“No-confidence motion, a no-go” – PM Nagamootoo
─ “a no-confidence motion cannot succeed, we are prepared for a discussion of any such motion”
─ “we will defeat it, it is not a viable motion”
─ the very Opposition, while in government, chose to prorogue Parliament for six months instead of contesting the no-confidence motion when it was brought against them in November 2014
DPI, Guyana, Friday, November 23, 2018
Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo is confident that the No-confidence motion brought by the Opposition “cannot succeed”.
In a statement today, the Prime Minister said in order for a motion of no-confidence to be successful, it has to have the majority of Parliamentary votes. He explained that in this case, the no-confidence motion was brought by the Opposition despite the fact they are fully aware that they hold the minority vote in the National Assembly
“It is the government that has the majority and therefore, a no-confidence motion cannot succeed. It is a no-go, it is a no-no,” Prime Minister Nagamootoo said.
The Prime Minister stated that a letter was sent to the Parliamentary Opposition informing them that the No Confidence Motion will be discussed after the Budget presentations, debates and estimates. This he said, will set discussions of the No Confidence Motion back some two to three weeks.
The Clerk of the National Assembly also informed the Prime Minister that it is the Government who sets the date for the discussion of the No Confidence Motion.
“We are not running away from a no-confidence motion, we are prepared for a discussion of any such motion, but we believe that there are some issues that take precedence over such a motion.”
Prime Minister Nagamootoo noted that it was the very Opposition, while in government, that chose to prorogue Parliament for six months instead of contesting the no-confidence motion when it was brought against them in November 2014.
The Prime Minister expressed his conviction that the motion will be defeated once it is presented in the National Assembly.
“We will debate this motion, we will have this motion discussed and we will defeat it because it is not a viable motion.”
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