Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo this afternoon indicated that his party has not changed its position on the passage of the no-confidence vote and still thinks national elections must be held this year in keeping with the Constitution.
At an afternoon press conference, Mr. Jagdeo said as far as his party is concerned, the legislature has spoken and has spoken clearly.
He said with that, he believes the legislative arm of the Government has spoken definitively and he believes that immediately the Constitutional provisions should be applied.
“The fact that you go to Court now to seek a remedy does not change that”, Mr. Jagdeo said. However, he noted that both sides have agreed that they should meet with the Elections Commission with its readiness for the elections.
There will be a joint team to attend that GECOM meeting to be headed by the two Chief Whips in the National Assembly. It is not clear when that meeting will take place.
A cautious Jagdeo said that the Government still cannot behave as if it was business as usual with the regular work of the National Assembly and said he expressed that to the President. He indicated that the Government did not present an assurance indicating that it will not deal with other legislative matters.
He noted that the PPP will attend the National Assembly sittings when issues related to the hosting of elections come up.
He said both sides expressed some concern about the poisoning of the mood and atmosphere in the country and said they will both will work against that sort of divisive rhetoric.
The Opposition Leader also indicated that his side requested that the Government withdraws its cases before the Court challenging the no confidence vote. The President said no.
The two parties are expected to issue a joint communique later.