PPP calls on Gov’t to resign

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Leader of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Bharrat Jagdeo is calling on the APNU+AFC Government to resign immediately as is provided for by Article 106 (6) of the Constitution of Guyana.

Speaking with the media outside of his party’s Headquarters, Freedom House on Robb Street, Georgetown, Jagdeo said: “they [APNU+AFC Government] should have resigned now.”

According to the Constitution, the Cabinet, including the President, shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.

The one-seat majority Government was on Friday, December 21, defeated in a vote of No-Confidence after one of its members, Charrandass Persaud, voted with the Opposition.

During the three months until the next elections, the Government is only expected to perform day-to-day functions.

The law confers upon them “caretaker responsibility,” Jagdeo said.

“Any engagement with this Government regarding disbursement of loans, grants, any contract concluded by the Government in that period will be considered illegal.”

He added that any contracts being considered within the next three months “will be reviewed.”

On the other hand, he has made it clear that unless requested during his meeting with the President, he [Jagdeo] will not agree to the delay of General and Regional Elections beyond the 90 days period stipulated by the Constitution.

The Constitution of Guyana states that the Government shall hold elections within three months “or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all elected members of the National Assembly.”

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