WPA urges swift resolution of court actions on No-Confidence motion


The Working People’s Alliance (WPA)- a member of the five-party APNU coalition is calling for the “swift resolution” of court actions surrounding the No-Confidence motion passed against the Government on December 21, 2018.

The party made the call Wednesday, saying it was cognizant that the challenge by the Government side could be read as an attempt to remain in power beyond the provisions of Article 106 (7) of the Constitution of Guyana.

“It is in this situation that we urge and reiterate the need for a swift resolution in the courts,” the WPA said in a statement on Wednesday.

The Constitution provides for the Government to hold an election within three months or for a longer period supported by two-thirds of the National Assembly.

The WPA said it was briefed by APNU cabinet members following the passage of the motion but no further meeting has been held.

The party says it has taken note of the arguments on both sides of the divide on the legality/illegality of the results of the motion.

Given it is the first time a motion of No-Confidence was passed against the Government of Guyana, the party said it “is not surprised by the sharp political division that has since occurred,” since “there is too much at stake.”

However, the party is calling on both the Government and the Opposition to be responsible leaders by rising above narrow partisan considerations.

“Now that the matter is in the courts, there should be a joint pledge to respect the eventual outcome,” the WPA said.

It has deemed the developments as another test of the political maturity of leaders but “—one that should not end in any major political fallout.”

President David Granger and Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo are slated to have their first meeting on Wednesday since the passage of the motion.

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