Guyana Government Falls Over no Confidence Vote

Author  Edited from CMC

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Guyana is preparing for general elections early this year after a government backbencher last month supported an Opposition motion of no confidence against the David Granger government.

Opposition Leader BharratJagdeo, who had been heckled as he outlined his reasons for the motion in Parliament, has already signaled his intention to work with the coalition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) government leading up to the polls, that could be held as early as March,

Government backbencher CharandassPersaud voted with the Opposition Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) legislators to win the no-confidence motion in the 65-seat National Assembly after several hours of debate on Dec. 21. Despite repeated urges by fellow parliamentarians to change his vote, Persaud declined.

The APNU won the 2015 general elections by one seat.

‘INCOMPETENT’

 When the debate started Jagdeo, a former president, described the coalition government as “incompetent and corrupt.” He said the government has been a total failure and has not been keeping its promises to the Guyanese people who voted them into office.

“The people out there, they demand that we pursue this and I know there are 33 members who have been growing fat on the perks of office and wish that this motion disappears,” he said, adding that the coalition government had mismanaged the resources of Guyana and that is the main reason behind his decision to file the motion against the government.

Jagdeo said the government has failed on its manifesto promises and is harming democracy. He said the Granger-led administration is totally untrustworthy and that it has failed to bring any major investor to Guyana and has only been talking “about oil oiloil.

 “We have made the case that this government is totally useless to the people of Guyana. The longer they stay there, the more damaging it will be to our future.”

 Minister of State Joseph Harmon, who led the response to Jagdeo, defended his government’s record, adding “when you speak of harming democracy, you have to look at what the PPP has done.”

 Prime Minister Moses Nagamoo too described the motion as “self-serving,” saying the Opposition leader is hoping for a “fluke” in the motion being carried. He said the motion was moved with political viciousness and resulted in the image of the country being reflected as unstable.

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