Charrandas flees country after historic No-Confidence vote


Alliance For Change (AFC) Member of Parliament Charrandas Persaud has fled the country for fear of his life after voting with the Opposition on a motion of No-Confidence in the Government on Friday evening.

Following the vote, he said he had received a number of threats to his life.

The Parliamentarian alleged that he has even been threatened by a sitting Government Minister that he or anyone else would be killed if they supported the Opposition’s motion.

Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan at a press conference at the Parliament Building following the vote confirmed that Persaud would have departed Guyana in the early hours of Saturday.

“I also understand that he is leaving the country early in the morning [Saturday] and that arrangement…has been taken care of,” the Security Minister said.

He noted that the Government is aware of the “immediacy and the vulnerability of Charrandas and that certainly will be taken care of.”

The Minister noted that security arrangements were also put in place to ensure that he was transported safely to his destination before departure.

“I spoke to the Commissioner of Police on the matter and he has indicated to me that every security arrangement (has) been made,” Mr Ramjattan noted.

In the meantime, the Government has urged its supporters and others to maintain peace in the coming days as preparations are made for the next General and Regional elections.

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