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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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House Speaker: Let the court decide on no-confidence motion

House Speaker Dr. Barton Scotland on Thursday ruled that the controversy over the validity of the recently passed no-confidence motion should be settled by the court. While stating more than once in a statement to the sitting, which was boycotted by the opposition People’s Progressive Party, that the no-confidence motion was voted by 33 to 32, he said the issues ...

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Tough time for gov’t to prove 34 votes needed for no-confidence motion – Attorney-at-law; Norwegian political scientist also says it’s 33

As legal and procedural uncertainty surrounds whether the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP)-sponsored no-confidence motion was passed, a Norwegian Political Scientist is the latest expert to point out that the motion secured 33 votes – an “absolute majority” of the 65 seats in the House. Attorney General Basil Williams has said that regardless of the House Speaker, Dr. Barton Scotland’s ...

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Granger, Jagdeo enter New Year talking up “political cooperation”

President David Granger greeted 2019 with a pledge to work with the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and its Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has gone as far as remarking that the two sides might unite to run Guyana. “Recent developments in the National Assembly have created opportunities for enhanced political cooperation. Meetings between the government and opposition will take place in ...

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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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Charrandas Persaud hints at supporting PPP

Less than two weeks after voting in favour of a People’s Progressive Party (PPP)-sponsored no-confidence motion, then government parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud stopped short of saying that he was now backing the country’s opposition party. In an interaction with a pandit (a Hindu priest) before Hindu congregants in North America, he called on overseas-based PPP supporters to encourage their families and ...

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Attorney General’s “absolute majority” of 34 votes differs from globally accepted practice

Attorney General Basil Williams has interpreted Guyana’s constitution as stating that an “absolute majority” of 34 votes are required to successfully pass a no-confidence motion against the Guyana Government. “The Constitutional requirement for voting on a motion of no-confidence is distinct from voting on the passage of legislation and ordinary motions in Parliament. The framers of the Constitution by requiring ...

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Former Amerindian Affairs Minister dies

Former Amerindian Affairs Minister Vibert De Souza died on Saturday two days shy of his 74th birthday, following a prolonged heart condition, his brother said. De Souza collapsed at about 6 p.m. at his Eccles, East Bank Demerara residence where he lived with his wife and daughter. His brother Marco said he last saw his brother on December 23 when ...

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34 votes needed to pass no-confidence motion; Charrandas Persaud’s Canadian citizenship also cited – gov’t sources

The Guyana Government on Saturday appeared set to challenge the outcome of the no-confidence vote on several grounds, official sources said. Citing a number of legal authorities, an opinion prepared for the government states that a no-confidence motion can be passed by only a minimum of 34 votes or 50 percent of the House plus one. That is because according ...

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Gov’t failed to check out Charrandass Persaud “signs” leading up to no-confidence vote

The People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), the major partner in the governing coalition, on Friday admitted that it had failed to aggressively go after information that had been circulating that one of its lawmakers would have voted for the opposition-sponsored no-confidence motion that could see fresh general elections by March next year. PNCR Central Executive Member Aubrey Norton indicated that ...

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