President invites Jagdeo to discuss political situation facing Guyana

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President David Granger has officially invited Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo to a meeting after the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) delivers its consequential orders on Monday.

The President’s letter, released to the media Saturday is dated Thursday June 20 and signed by Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon.

According to the letter, the meeting will be held at the Ministry of the Presidency “at a time convenient” to both parties “after Monday, June 24, 2019.”

According to the letter, the two sides will discuss “the current political situation in Guyana resulting from the decision of the Caribbean Court of Justice made on Tuesday, June 18, 2019,” and the orders to be given on Monday.

On Monday, the CCJ will hear from all parties on what should happen next after the court 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.

President of the Court, Justice Adrian Saunders, had urged the parties to engage with each other. It is hoped that they can come up with a consensus that the Court can then use to make its consequential orders but from President Granger’s letter, the meeting with the Opposition Leader will take place after the CCJ hearing on Monday.

According to Article 106 (6) of the Constitution, elections should be held within three months after a No Confidence motion is passed, unless the National Assembly extends the deadline.

The CCJ ruling comes almost six months after the passage of the motion.

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