Gov’t accepts ruling, AG says CCJ ‘knocked us down on every point conceivable’


Attorney General Basil Williams has said the Government accepts the ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) delivered on Tuesday morning.

“The final court has spoken,” Williams said as he left the Appeal Court on High Street where he and other lawyers sat to listen to the judgements handed down by the CCJ.

“There is no other course of appealing,” the Attorney General added.

Visibly disappointed, the AG admitted defeated noting that “the court knocked us down on every point conceivable.”

He said the Government is awaiting the full judgment which the court promised to send within the hour so that it can read the document and make its decision going forward.

The CCJ ruled that the December 21 No Confidence motion was properly passed with 33 votes in the 65-seat National Assembly.

It also ruled that the appointment of the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) breached the Constitution.

The court has given the two sides until Monday to meet a consensus on the way forward, then it will deliver its consequential orders.

President David Granger is in Bartica, Region Seven where the Government is conducting an outreach.

Williams has assured that the President, after meeting with him, will engage with the press.

The AG also sits on the Central Executive Committee of the People’s National Congress, the largest party in the APNU five-party coalition which joined with the AFC to form the Government in 2015.

Asked whether elections will be held soon, the AG said he does not want to address that before the court delivers its orders but alluded to the late November timeline given by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).

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