Recklessly hurtling Guyana towards constitutional crisis

first_imgDear Editor,Since the successful no-confidence motion on December 21, 2018, Guyana was given 90 days within which the Government was obligated to resign, dissolve Parliament and schedule General and Regional Elections. The Constitution is unambiguous and clearly outlines the requirements in Article 106 (6) and 106 (7). While constitutions can sometimes be confusing, this Article is not confusing and does not need lawyers and judges for interpretation. Ordinary citizens who can read know the meaning. Even citizens who cannot read know the meaning once it is read to them. Yet David Granger and APNU/AFC have chosen to deliberately ignore the Constitution and the law, ignore Parliament and the majority of MPs, ignore the High Court and the Chief Justice, ignore the pleas of citizens and civil society, ignore investors and businesses, and deliberately, knowingly, unconscionably hurl Guyana towards a constitutional crisis.This is how dictators behave. This is how power-hungry people behave. This is how bullies behave. This is how people who do not care for the welfare of their country and their sisters and brothers behave. President Granger and APNU/AFC are proving to all that they are comfortable as dictators, totally in their comfort zone as power-hungry people, bullies who simply do not care for their country or their people. All that matters is to hold on to power at all cost. Granger is the leader of the pack. But complicit in this recklessness and travesty is Moses Nagamootoo who exults in his title as Prime Minister. Equally complicit are the Ministers who claim they are champions for the people, who claim they are patriots, who claim they stand with the working class.By March 21, when the 90 days expire, Guyana has no Government. Everything that Granger and APNU/AFC do will be illegal. The Chief Justice confirmed that the Cabinet was resigned by the no-confidence motion on December 21 but there is no provision in the Constitution to recognise a President or a “caretaker” Government, after the 90 days. We will be in “la la” land, with an illegal Government. All money spent by the “Government” will be illegal expenditures. All contracts will be illegal, all agreements will be illegal, all appointments will be illegal. As of February 2, forty-three of the 90 days have elapsed. There are 47 more days, which will expire on March 21.The only way to prevent an expiration is for Parliament to meet and pass a resolution agreeing to an extension, but that will require a mature, responsible approach where the Granger-led APNU/AFC and the Bharat Jagdeo-led PPP/C meet immediately to make such an agreement and pass that resolution with a two-thirds majority. Bharat Jagdeo and the PPP have expressed a willingness to meet to finalise arrangements for elections. Granger and the APNU/AFC seem to think they can simply carry on. The difference is that Bharat Jagdeo and the PPP are deeply rooted in freedom and democracy and act within those constraints. Granger and the APNU/AFC come from deep within the belly of dictatorship, authoritarianism and bullyism.With direct leadership from Granger, the APNU/AFC has tried and continue to try all means to delay and prevent the inevitable. They wanted their own Speaker to reverse a valid decision. He refused, and they expended 13 valuable days. They went to court and another 28 days have elapsed. The court refused. They now will go to the Appeals Court and then to the Caribbean Courts of Justice (CCJ). By the time the Guyana Courts of Appeal is likely to address the matter, the 90 days will be about to expire. Granger and APNU/AFC are carrying on as if it is business as usual, behaving as if their approach to the court can suspend the countdown. But the Chief Justice has unequivocally told them the Constitution began the countdown since December 21.The President unequivocally stated just a few days ago, addressing the national media and, therefore, addressing the nation, that if the judiciary says yes, it is yes, if the judiciary says no, it is no. Well, the judiciary has said yes, Parliament validly passed the no-confidence motion on December 21. The Judiciary has said yes, MP Charrandas validly cast a vote on December 21. The Judiciary said yes, 33 is the majority of 65. The Judiciary said yes, the Cabinet was resigned on December 21. The Judiciary said yes, elections must be held within 90 days. Will David Granger now be an honourable man and stand on his word and the law? Will he live up to the DNA of his party and act as a dictator, act like a bully, as the head of a power-hungry group? Will he ignore the cries of his country, the wailing of his people? Will he allow Guyana at this pivotal moment to regress into dictatorship?Sincerely,Dr Leslie Ramsammylast_img read more

Valencia gives Timbers 22 draw with Whitecaps

first_imgVANCOUVER, British Columbia — Second-half substitute Jose Valencia scored in the 83rd minute to give the Portland Timbers a 2-2 draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night.Will Johnson also scored for Portland and assisted on the equalizer to help the Timbers (4-1-7) extend their unbeaten strike to 10 games. The tying goal came while Portland was playing with 10 men due to Mamadou Danso’s ejection 2 minutes earlier.Camilo had a goal and an assist, and Gershon Koffie also scored for the Whitecaps (3-4-4), who are 3-0-3 at home.Valencia scored after receiving a long, high lob from Johnson. Valencia and Vancouver defender Brad Rusin went up for the ball in the Whitecaps’ box, and it appeared to touch the Portland player’s arm. But play was allowed to continue, and Valencia tucked a short shot inside the near post.Camilo has been utilized mainly as a midfielder but played as a lone striker Saturday, generating some early scoring chances.The Brazilian fired just wide on a free kick from about 35 yards out in the 23rd, taking the shot after Russell Teibert was fouled on the right flank. But Camilo made no mistake a minute later, curling a shot right into the corner of the net from about 20 yards out.Camilo had another chance in the first minute of the second half, but Portland goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts dove to stop his shot from just outside the right corner of the 18-yard box.last_img read more

Whittaker played his college ball at the Universit

first_imgWhittaker played his college ball at the University of Texas and ran for 1,233 yards on 263 attempts from 2008 to 2011. His career ended when he suffered a knee injury in a game at Missouri 13 months ago. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin, who was released Monday, was also signed to the practice squad. Tight end Steve Skelton was released from the practice squad. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories According to his agent, free agent running back Foswhitt Whittaker has been signed to the Arizona Cardinals practice squad.CONGRATULATIONS to client and former Longhorn @fozzywhitt who was signed to the @azcardinals Practice Squad today!— Jerry M (@1stTeamSG) December 18, 2012 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more