THE government on Wednesday rejected a request by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo to withdraw its court challenge to the no-confidence vote, which, among other claims, was tainted by an alleged corrupt deal.
The request was made when the two sides met at the Ministry of the Presidency. Former government Member of Parliament, Charrandass Persaud, had sided with the opposition in voting ‘yes’ to the motion, which the Speaker declared was carried. However, since then government has challenged the results on two fronts: the qualification of Persaud–a Canadian citizen– as a MP, and what constitutes an absolute majority of the House in accordance with Article 106 (6) of the Constitution of Guyana.
Accompanied by many of the bigwigs in the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), including the presidential candidate hopefuls, Jagdeo lobbied President David Granger and his high-ranking ministers of government to drop the legal challenge to the motion, but was met with objections.