Govt briefs US,UK,EU and Canadian diplomats on plans

DPI, Guyana, Monday, December 31, 2018

A delegation representing the Government of Guyana earlier today met with representatives of the ABC countries; America, Britain, Canada and the European Union and informed them of its intentions following the December 21, no-confidence motion.

Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo, performing the duties of the president, led the delegation which included Minister of State, Joseph Harmon and Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan.

We explained fully, the government’s position that is, we respect the constitution and will uphold the constitution,” the Prime Minister said.

He also said that the Coalition remains the government of the people and will continue to carry out its functions

“We are not aware of any provisions in the constitution for a “caretaker” government. In fact, we have been the government since we have been elected and we continue to be the government until fresh elections are held and a new government comes into office,” Prime Minister Nagamootoo said.

[In the photo, from left to right] Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan, British High Commissioner to Guyana, Greg Quinn, Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo, EU Ambassador to Guyana, Jernej Videtic, Deputy Chief of Mission, Terry Steers Gonzalez, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon and a representative of the Canadian High Commission

In light of the contentions surrounding the issue of what constitutes a majority, Prime Minister Nagamootoo said the government is interested in settling with certainty the question of what constitutes a majority of all the elected members of the national assembly.

“We presented representatives of the ABCE countries with legal opinions that were given to the government by experts and we are hoping that the Speaker will take these opinions into consideration when reviewing the vote of December 21.”

Following a return of 32 to 33 votes on a no-confidence motion brought to the National Assembly by the opposition, Speaker of the House, Dr. Barton Scotland has indicated that the National Assembly will meet on January 3, 2019, to determine the consequences and way forward.

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