Confident that all of its votes are intact, the Government has set December 21 as the date when it will hear and debate a no confidence motion, that is being moved against it by the Opposition, People’s Progressive Party.
The Government’s Chief Whip in the National Assembly and Social Protection Minister, Amna Ali, today confirmed the date for the motion.
The Government holds a slim one seat majority in the National Assembly. For the motion to be passed, the Opposition will have to convince at least one Government Member to vote with them or hope for the absence of two.
During the budget debate, a number of Government speakers indicated that there will be no cross over vote and the motion will be defeated.
The Opposition wanted the motion to be dealt with before the National Budget. The Government made it clear that its budget will have to take precedence.
The Government’s Chief Whip, Amna Ali, has said the PPP could “bring it on”. She has lambasted the PPP and called the party hypocritical for even contemplating a vote of no confidence against the coalition government.
Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has said the motion is to get the government to focus on its promises to the Guyanese people. He said the administration has made a number of promises that it has so far failed to keep. He has also accused the government of encouraging corruption and has even accused a number of government officials of being involved in corrupt practices.
If the no confidence motion is passed, the Government will have to call new national elections within three months.
When the PPP was last in office, the then opposition had filed a no confidence motion against the government. It was that move that triggered the former President, Donald Ramotar, to prorogue the Parliament and call early elections, which he lost.