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GUYANA | No-Confidence Motion to be decided by the Court says Speaker

Featured Speaker of the Guyana House of Assembly Dr. Barton Scotland . Speaker of the Guyana House of Assembly Dr. Barton Scotland .
GEORGETOWN,  Guyana, January 3, 2019 - Speaker of the Guyana House of Assembly, Dr. Barton Scotland on Thursday ruled that the validity of the recently passed no-confidence motion against the government of Guyana, will be referred to the Court for settlement.

Dr. Scotland told today's sitting of House of Assembly which was anticipating his ruling on the matter, that based on the issues that have arisen, the no-confidence motion, which was passed by a vote of 33 to 32, should benefit from a “full, final and complete settlement by a court of competent jurisdiction.”

The House Speaker enumerated to the Assembly, which was boycotted by the opposition People’s People’s Progressive Party, that the key issues were whether the majority vote should have been 33 or 34; the validity of the vote due to the fact that then parliamentarian Charandass Persaud was a foreign citizen and whether he could have abandoned the list of candidates.

Dr. Scotland said  he had hoped that the government and opposition would have by now met and discussed the implications of the no-confidence vote on December 21, 2018, when Charrandass Persaud, a then member of the government bench, sided with the PPP to give it a vote of 33 to 32. Persaud has since been recalled and replaced.

President David Granger, who returned last weekend from another round of chemotherapy treatment in Cuba, says he will soon be meeting with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo to discuss “political cooperation”.

  • Countries: Guyana

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