Guyana’s Opposition Leader and former President, Bharrat Jagdeo, is upset that the regional body, CARICOM, has not been saying much publicly on the recent validation of the no-confidence motion against the Guyana Government by the Caribbean Court of Justice.
Mr. Jagdeo used his Thursday afternoon press conference to express his “disappointment” in CARICOM offering only “silence” on the political situation in Guyana.
He said CARICOM has been moving around the world to address problems in other countries, but is quiet on Guyana’s political situation, although it is headquartered in Guyana.
“CARICOM needs to take an even stronger role. I am surprised that I have not even seen a statement coming from as yet”, Mr. Jagdeo complained.
He said he met with the Secretary-General of CARICOM recently and expressed his concerns, but there appears to have been no movement from the regional body to add its voice to the political issues in Guyana.
Jagdeo told the media that CARICOM “is a regional institution that we worked to establish and if the region cannot respect the decision of a superior Court within, that it created as an organ of regional integration, then the region will be found lacking”.
The Opposition Leader has been meeting with various members of the Diplomatic Missions in Guyana and has also been reaching out to The Commonwealth and other international organisations.
Jagdeo repeatedly chided CARICOM today for not offering a full statement on the outcome of the case that went to the Caribbean Court of Justice.
According to him, “we cannot be busy sending missions to Haiti when they have an interruption of Constitutional rule or Venezuela when they have a breakdown of democratic order and here in Guyana, which is the headquarters state of CARICOM, ignore that you have a government now in office, that is illegally there because elections should have been held since March 21st”
It was back in March that the Guyana Court of Appeal invalidated the no-confidence motion, forcing the Opposition to take the case to the CCJ, which ruled recently that the motion had in fact been passed properly.
While Jagdeo has been lashing out at the Government as illegal, he has been meeting with the President on the appointment of a GECOM Chairman and has described those meetings with the President as going very well.