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GUYANA | PPP to boycott parliamentary sittings until CCJ rules in no-confidence case

Featured Opposition Leader and General Secretary of the Peoples Progressive Party, PPP, former President Bharrat Jagdeo Opposition Leader and General Secretary of the Peoples Progressive Party, PPP, former President Bharrat Jagdeo
GEORGETOWN, Guyana. March 25, 2019 - Guyana's opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) yesterday announced on its Facebook page, that it would be boycotting parliament until the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) rules on whether the no-confidence motion was validly passed by Guyana’s National Assembly.

“The General Secretary of the PPP wishes to place on record that the People’ s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C ) will not attend any sitting of the National Assembly, while the Appeal in the no-confidence motion is pending at the Caribbean Court of Justice,” the PPP said on its Facebook page.

Its understood that the PPP will file its appeal with the Trinidad based Caribbean Court of Justice sometime this week.

On Friday, the Court of Appeal invalidated the no-confidence motion which was moved by the PPP on the 21st of December on the point that its passage required an absolute majority consisting of 34 votes instead of the 33.

Acting President Carl Greenidge, on Friday said "the situation as regards Parliament is restored to the position as at 21 December, prior to the vote."

He said, "arrangements will be made for Parliament to meet and conduct its business unhindered. There are no barriers to the President and the Cabinet moving forward as they see fit and without unusual hinderances."

It is expected that when Parliament reconvenes, the matter of dual ctizens sitting in parliament will come up for discussion, as  the Guyana Court of Appeal upheld the High Court’s decision that it would be unconstitutional for dual citizens to be candidates or parliamentarians.

The courts had gone on to say that those parliamentarians’ legality could only be challenged by an elections petition but the deadline for doing so had expired in 2015.

Last modified onMonday, 25 March 2019 13:49
  • Countries: Guyana

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