Guyana, [ Mckoy’s News ] December 21, 2018, mark the day when Judas in the Coalition of Government of Guyana voted in favor of “No Confidence Motion” in the current government. The Coalition government which is made up A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and Alliance For Change (AFC) was accused by Opposition leader and former President Bharrat Jagdeo of the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) of failing the People of Guyana.
The current coalition government had a one-seat majority over the opposition party. With the APNU-AFC coalition having 33 seats and the opposition PPP with 32 seats in the Guyana National Assembly.
Earlier in November the leader of the Opposition filed the “No Confidence Motion” against the government and outlined reasons for this motion which includes over spending of government resources, corruption in dealing with government contracts and failing to deliver on their promises to the people of Guyana.
Government legislator Charrandass Persaud who voted Yes said: “I voted with my conscience.” He was repeatedly asked by members of the coalition government to change his answer, however, he continued by saying “I vote already”. After which he was escorted out of the chamber through a back door by police officers.
In accordance with the constitution of the Republic of Guyana, the government must resign and ensure a general election is called within three months. Constitutionally, the next general election was supposed to be held in November 2020.
Article 106 (6) and (7) of the Constitution states, respectively: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.” And “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”
Mr Persaud has fled the country because of death threats to him and his family.