The President updated the officials on the current state of Parliamentary affairs, and clarified the Government’s position and the way forward, within the country’s constitutional framework.
He said his administration will use the time during the period of prorogation to continue to engage the Parliamentary Opposition in constructive ways.
The stance taken by the president has been described by the main opposition grouping, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), as “the darkest day for democracy in Guyana.”
The APNU said that it is resolved to resist the President’s ‘Proclamation’ and was calling “on all the good people of Guyana everywhere to join in a civil movement for the restoration of parliamentary democracy, by peacefully resisting the PPPC’s resort to dictatorship and to call for the revocation of this ‘Proclamation’.
The APNU said that it is “enraged” that Ramotar’s decision to prorogue Parliament “has effectively paralyzed the parliamentary process, and smothered the voices of the people’s legitimate representatives in the National Assembly.
“It is an affront to the Guyanese people, who three years ago, in November 2011, voted for A Partnership for National Unity and the Alliance for Change (AFC) to have the majority of seats in the National Assembly.”
The APNU, which together with the AFC controlled 33 seats in the outgoing 65-member Parliament, said President Ramotar “has now single-handedly engineered a constitutional crisis.”
In his statement, Ramotar justified the decision to prorogue Parliament, saying he had earlier indicated a desire for the National Assembly, in its post-recess sittings, to deliberate and give priority to important matters relating to the development of the country.