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Guyana Gov’t falls after no-confidence motion; elections soon

- Defecting MP flees country less than 24hrs later
December 23rd, 2018 | Tags: Guyana Parliament of Guyana APNU+AFC PPP/C politics
The Coalition, A Partnership for National Unity and the Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC), that makes up the Government of Guyana, on Friday, December 21, 2018, in losing a no-confidence motion will now have to call elections within 90 days. Photo: Internet Source
Government Parliamentarian, Mr Charandass Persaud voted with the main Opposition, Peoples Progressive Party/Civic in the Parliament of Guyana to win a no-confidence motion 33-32, which was pushed forward by the Opposition in the 65-seat National Assembly. Photo: Internet Source
Government Parliamentarian, Mr Charandass Persaud voted with the main Opposition, Peoples Progressive Party/Civic in the Parliament of Guyana to win a no-confidence motion 33-32, which was pushed forward by the Opposition in the 65-seat National Assembly. Photo: Internet Source
GEORGETOWN, Guyana – The Coalition, A Partnership for National Unity and the Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC)—the political parties that make up the Government of Guyana—on Friday, December 21, 2018, in losing a no-confidence motion will now have to call elections within 90 days.

Government Parliamentarian, Mr Charandass Persaud voted with the main Opposition, Peoples Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) to win a no-confidence motion 33-32, which was pushed forward by the Opposition in the 65-seat National Assembly.

Early on in the debate, Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo signalled that even if the PPP/C lost the vote in the house, the party would win the next general elections.

Elections were due to be held the latest by August, but with the passage of the no-confidence motion, elections would have to be held by March 2019.

President confirms early elections

President of Guyana, Mr David A. Granger on Saturday, December 23, 2018, has indicated that his administration will abide by the no-confidence motion, and as such, early general elections would be called.

The President said in a statement from the Ministry of the Presidency, “We will do everything necessary to facilitate the smooth functioning of General and Regional Elections bearing in mind the need for normal governmental functions to continue uninterrupted.”

The opposition’s no-confidence motion also came at a time when Guyana’s President, Mr Granger is undergoing cancer treatment for Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.  

Within the last 6 months, he has had to travel to Cuba for treatment, where Doctors say he will make a full recovery.

Defecting MP flees country

Meanwhile, the AFC—the party aligned to Mr Persaud—on Saturday, said it was left shocked and betrayed by the vote of the Member of Parliament (MP) in the National Assembly on Friday, leading to the collapsed of the government and triggering early elections.

Mr Persaud has since fled the country in fear after his vote, claiming that he had received a number of threats to his life.

The Parliamentarian alleged that he has even been threatened by a sitting Government Minister, who said “that he or anyone else would be killed if they supported the Opposition’s motion.”

The loss of the no-confidence vote has sent shockwaves throughout the Republic of Guyana. In the meantime, the APNU+AFC Government has urged its supporters to maintain peace in the coming days as preparations are made for the upcoming elections.

6 Responses to “Guyana Gov’t falls after no-confidence motion; elections soon ”

  • cay (23/12/2018, 13:42) Like (22) Dislike (8) Reply
    ok Dr Pickering let it fall here too stop saving myrun who dis you
    • SMH (24/12/2018, 07:17) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Exactly! Need a no-confidence call since yesterday's. Dissolve Council ASAP...what we waiting for.
  • rws (23/12/2018, 17:38) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    so the man had to run for his life a lesson for some here
  • wize up (23/12/2018, 21:44) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Will Dr give up deputy(for what)...election soon here(Dr!!! You not sure what’s in store for U)
  • Patriot (24/12/2018, 08:47) Like (4) Dislike (8) Reply
    IT'S ABOUT TIME. 64 military rifles missing form the army about 18ys ago, assassination of the political science scholarship student and all those innocent police officers around the same time. That student have would have been the President of Guyana today .
    Unfair election, bringing America Ex president to oversee election and force hand it and give America control over the oil in the name of Exxon ....
    Run the country to Dogs.
    SO much crime and poverty
    Selling the country by piece.
  • Shawn (25/12/2018, 17:11) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Indians want to control the oil money that will eventually come from the oil find. They don’t trust the blacks and the black don’t trust the Indians.


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