“The Opposition has no right to tell anyone to resign” – Min. Hughes

– ‘The govt has recourse to the court to settle any contentious issues’

DPI, Guyana, Monday, December 31, 2018

Putting matters into ‘Context’ on the National Communications Network (NCN Inc.) programme of the same name, Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes along with Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin is urging all citizens to not panic and to proceed with their daily life as per normal.

Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes.

Minister Hughes has dismissed Opposition’s calls for the Coalition Government to resign noting that they have “no authority to tell anyone to do so… this pressure is not going to burst our pipe.”

The minister added that the Coalition Government’s intention to seek legal recourse following the no-confidence vote is in keeping with democratic norms and principles. She noted, “It is the legal right of anyone to seek redress via the court to resolve any contentious issues.”

The minister added that the democratic process entails a right to resort to the court and as a government, it has a responsibility to its large constituency to ensure this was done and their concerns addressed. She recalled the Opposition’s “modus operandi” which saw them seeking to challenge the Guyana Elections Commissioner’s appointment via the court and the move to the Caribbean Court of Justice to reverse the third term ruling barring former president Bharrat Jagdeo from taking office again.

Minister Hughes said the Coalition Government is prepared to abide the court ruling whether favourable or not.

The minister has also given her views on the recent utterances by former MP Charandass Persaud and recent related discoveries by law enforcement officials.

‘Context’, where the ministers discuss several issues, will be aired tomorrow, January 1, 2019, at 14:30hrs on NCN as well as other television stations.

Paul Mc Adam

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