Guyana’s opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP)), has accused the government of attempting to hold on to power despite a December 21, 2018 no confidence vote that went against the coalition administration of President David Granger.
The PPP is challenging what it says is a move by the Government to use the issue of dual citizenship in a bid to overturn the motion of no-confidence.
According to reports, On Friday, Senior Counsel Rex McKay and a team of high-powered lawyers filed an application in the Supreme Court against the results of the no-confidence motion.
The matter was filed on behalf of New Amsterdam farmer Compton Herbert Reid, and lists the Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Barton Scotland, Persaud and the Attorney General Basil Williams as the respondents.
Reid wants the Court to declare that Persaud’s vote in the National Assembly in favour of the no-confidence motion was null, void and of no legal effect
CMC News reports that the application singled out the dual citizenship of former government legislator Charrandass Persaud.
Persaud voted in favour of the motion that was passed by a 33-32 margin in the 65-member parliament to cause the collapse of the coalition government of which he was part.
According to CMC News, the Guyana opposition claims that Court action is aimed at having the Government hold on to power instead of calling general election.
The PPP called on the Court to hear the matter quickly.
“We urge the judiciary not to be complicit in any conspiracy to undermine and flout the constitution and make a mockery of our democracy,” the opposition party was quoted as saying.