The Government of Guyana has strongly condemned the Opposition Leader for statements he made at his Thursday press conference that after March 21, President David Granger will no longer be President.
In a statement on Thursday night, the Government said the Opposition Leader’s utterances are malicious and intended to create confusion amongst the populace, adding that his statement is also patently flawed and must be rejected outrightly.
According to the Government statement, there is no provision in the Constitution of Guyana which requires the President to resign or demit office following the passage of a no confidence motion.
The Government reminded that Chief Justice (Ag) Roxanne George, on January 31, 2019, declared that while the no confidence motion against the Government prompts the resignation of the Cabinet and the hosting of elections, it does not dissolve the Parliament, which comprises the National Assembly and the President.
Article 106 (7) of the Constitution specifically states that the Government remains in office and the National Assembly may pass a resolution to extend the time for elections beyond the three-month period within which elections are required to be held.
“The President therefore will remain the President until another President is sworn in”, the statement said.
The Ministry of the Presidency said The President has repeatedly, over the past few weeks, said that he is committed to holding credible elections in the shortest possible time, this year.