Granger told party adherents at the commissioning of the People’s National Congress’ Region 3 (West Demerara) headquarters at Vreed-en-Hoop, that government would not violate Guyana’s constitution. He said the judicial process would be followed “until we have exhausted, satisfactorily, I hope, every element and aspect of the law.”
“There is no such thing as interim government. There is no such thing as caretaker government. I remain President until the next President is sworn in so I don’t know they gon wok that one out. I ain’t going no way until the next president is sworn in,” Granger told party stalwarths.
Granger said Parliament has not been dissolved and the National Assembly “still has work to do” but he did not elaborate.
The High Court last week did not grant a stay of its decision and a conservatory order after ruling that the no-confidence motion was validly passed on December 21, 2018 by a vote of 33 to 32, instead leaving that to the Court of Appeal.
Granger on Sunday maintained that his administration has not flouted the law. “We are a legal, legitimate government. Nothing, that we have done so far is outside of the law and as far as I am President nothing that we will do will be outside of the law,” he said.
Chief Justice, Roxane George-Wiltshire, in her decision last week, said the no-confidence motion introduced by the Opposition PPP was validly passed and that the President and Cabinet should have resigned immediately, and hold elections within 90 days of the decision.
However, she said the government was at liberty to appeal the dicision, and a written judgement would be available by Wednesday for the government to file its appeal.
In the meantime, Minister of State Joseph Harmon says the call by United Nations Resident Coordinator in Guyana Mikiko Tanaka’s call for the government to respect the High Court’s decision was “premature”.
“ It’s a statement I believe has no basis right now because as a government we have always respected the constitution, we have always respected the law and so there is no need for a warning at this point in time as far as I’m concerned,” he said.
Tanaka has called on the Granger-led administration to respect Guyana’s constitution and the Court’s decision. “The delivery of the decisions by the Chief Justice demonstrates the independence and integrity of the Judiciary in protecting the Constitution and upholding the rule of law. The Honourable Speaker’s earlier validation of the process of the controversial voting at the National Assembly was testimony of the integrity of the legislative arm of the State.”
“It is hoped that the third arm of the State, the Executive, will demonstrate its integrity and respect for Guyana’s Constitution and the Judiciary that constitute the foundation for the rule of law,” Tanaka said.
Stressing the importance of APNU and AFC sticking together, the President called on party supporters to ensure everyone in West Demerara is registered and they are mobilised countrywide as a demonstration of the coalition’s strength.
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