The drama continues in Guyana following the recent decision by a government MP to support the opposition’s no confidence motion against the coalition administration which had a one seat majority in the 65 seat national assembly.
A controversy is now brewing over whether the shock vote by Charrandas Persaud carried the motion and brought down the administration of President David Granger.
Persaud, who is now in Canada just last week asserted during a speech at a Hindu house of prayer, that the Guyana constitution was clear on the matter.
According to him, once a no confidence motion is passed the president and the cabinet must resign while an interim administration runs the affairs of the country until a next President is put in place.
But the state-owned Guyana Chronicle reported Tuesday that a government delegation has put forward its position to the diplomatic community in the country that the vote is to no effect.
According to the Chronicle, the government’s position is that the opposition did not secure a majority.
The newspaper said a high level meeting took place on Monday between representatives from the American, British, Canadian and European Missions in Guyana and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo who was accompanied by Vice-President and Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan; and Minister of State Joseph Harmon.
Nagamootoo was quoted as saying in a televised address that the diplomatic representatives were presented with legal opinions that were given to the government by experts.
It was reported that at the time of the no confidence vote, the Speaker had declared that the motion was carried after 33 persons, including Charrandas Persaud, voted in favour of the motion and 32 against.
However, the government has since asked him to review his ruling on the basis that there was a miscalculation.
The Government is arguing that an absolute majority in the 65-Member National Assembly equals 34 and not 33.
Prime Minister Nagamootoo emphasised that the current situation presents an opportunity for the courts to give an interpretation on what constitutes a majority, the Chronicle reported.
Nagamootoo was quoted as having said that there is no provision in the constitution for a ‘caretaker government’ and declared that the administration will continue in office until fresh elections are held and a new government will come into office.
Amid opposition calls for the resignation of the David Granger administration, the Guyana PM made it clear that the government will remain in Office and execute its functions in keeping with the requirements under the Constitution.