‘I am not in breach of the constitution’ – President Granger

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“I am not in breach of the constitution,” President David Granger declared Thursday as the three-month deadline expired after the final court judgement deemed the December 21 No Confidence motion valid and triggered its implementation.

Speaking to reporters at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston Georgetown, the President said he would meet with his Cabinet after receiving a letter from the chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on the earliest date for elections. The Cabinet meeting will take place Thursday afternoon.

The chairman Justice (Rt’d) Claudette Singh has advised the President that GECOM can hold elections at the end of February 2020.

The Opposition and the Diplomatic Community have deemed the Government unconstitutional after September 18.

In its final ruling on legal challenges to the No-Confidence Motion, the Caribbean Court of Justice urged all political actors to abide by the Constitution and there was no need for the court to dictate a date for elections since this is clearly set out in the Constitution.

The Constitution demands elections in three months after the passage of a No-Confidence motion. Given the legal challenges, the Court had noted that the clock on the No-Confidence motion started ticking again form the time of its June 18 ruling.

In the face of a statement from the country’s key donors, the President said the foreign missions should allow his government to resolve the issues.

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