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Timothy Jonas wasn’t withdrawn from Senior Counsel list for political reasons. “He just has to wait”- AG Williams

Attorney General Basil Williams on Monday denied that the withdrawal of the conferral of Senior Counsel on Attorney-at-Law, Timothy Jonas had to do with Jonas’ years of experience and not because he had entered the political arena. “I doubt that. We don’t operate like that. That might be coincidence. How do you know that he is entering the fray? It ...

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Christopher Ram asks Court to declare no-confidence motion validly passed to avoid “chaos, confusion”, jittery investment climate

Fearing a constitutional crisis and adverse impact on the investment climate if general elections are not held by March 21, 2018, well-known political commentator Christopher Ram has petitioned the High Court to immediately order the President and Cabinet to resign and for Guyanese to go to the polls. He wants the High Court to find that the no-confidence motion was ...

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Attorney General asks High Court to calculate “absolute majority” in no-confidence vote; Jagdeo applies to join validity of Charrandas Persaud vote

Attorney General Basil Williams on Monday asked the High Court to find that 34 instead of 33 votes are required to pass a no-confidence motion even as Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has separately asked the Court to join proceedings challenging the validity of former government parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud’s vote because he is a Canadian. With the respondents being House Speaker ...

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PPP says constitution preserves Canadian Charrandas Persaud’s no-confidence vote

The opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Friday night disputed a High Court challenge to scrap former government Member of Parliament Charrandas Persaud’s vote for the opposition-sponsored no-confidence motion because he is a Canadian. The PPP contended that the Guyana Constitution also provides for the preservation of all acts by parliamentarians although he or she might have been ineligible to sit ...

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High Court asked to quash no-confidence motion; says Charrandas Persaud was Canadian since 1998

The High Court was Friday asked to quash a no-confidence motion against the Guyana Government on the grounds that former government parliamentarian, Charrandas Persaud, who sided with the opposition to pass the motion had falsely declared that he was a Guyanese citizen, but immigration records show that he has been a Canadian citizen since 1998. In the complaint filed by ...

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Gov’t to ask High Court to extend 90-day general election deadline pending legal challenge of no-confidence motion passed by 33 votes

Attorney General Basil Williams on Thursday said government would ask the High Court to extend the 90-day period within which general elections must be held to allow a ruling on the constitutionality of the opposition-sponsored no-confidence motion. “I don’t see how we could go to court and not preserve the status quo so we have to preserve the status quo ...

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Political Scientists, Mathematician insist that 33 is “absolute majority”; Attorney General shrugs off foreign citizenship questions

Attorney General Basil Williams on Monday insisted that all percentages of parliamentary votes must be rounded up, in stark contrast to what experts in the United States and Norway have stated. He also believes that challenging the 33 to 32 vote in favour of the opposition-sponsored no-confidence motion on the constitutional grounds that then government parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud is a ...

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Former Guyana Attorney General Dr. Fenton Ramsahoye dies

Attorney General of Guyana, Dr. Fenton Ramsahoye died in Barbados, Thursday morning, sending shock waves throughout the legal fraternity across the Caribbean. He was 89 years old. Former Guyana House Speaker, Senior Counsel Ralph Ramkarran said he was saddened at the passing of Ramsahoye who pioneered “a great deal” of constitutional developments in the Caribbean through legal victories at the ...

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Anil Nandlall, Basil Williams talk up lose and wins…Attorney General puts Legal Education Council on notice

Former Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall and his successor, Basil Williams clashed over  victories in the legal arena. Brushing aside heckling from the government about his alleged theft of law books, currently before the courts, Nandlall said Attorney General Williams not only lost numerous Court cases.  Nandlall jabbed Williams, saying that his biggest loss was his ...

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