Leader of the Alliance For Change Khemraj Ramjattan has made it clear that his party is firm that its nine parliamentary seats are safe even as it is gearing up to leave its coalition partner, the APNU by the end of the year.
During an interview with News Source today, Mr. Ramjattan said his party has nothing to fear regarding the parliamentary seats it was allocated as part of the APNU+AFC coalition.
He said the AFC will not go against the list it was elected from, and its exit from the coalition is to maintain its individuality.
“We are still a partner in APNU and even when we leave we will still be a partner in APNU, we are not going against the list that elected us, so nobody can’t take away our nine seats,” Mr. Ramjattan told News Source in an interview.
News Source understands that Ramjattan and a team from the AFC are expected to meet with the representative of the APNU+AFC list, former President David Granger. The meeting could take place as early as next week.
Mr. Granger has long declared his preference for the parties to stay and work together in and out of Parliament.
During an appearance on the “In The Ring” talk show last night, Mr. Ramjattan said the AFC’s its exit from the coalition with the APNU does not mean an exit of the core principles the parties share.
“I have made it quite clear at the last press conference that we will indeed work at the parliamentary level, our nine parliamentarians with the APNU Parliamentarians for purposes of ensuring that we bring out all these nastiness like that company that building the gas-to-shore bridge, we will collectively at the parliamentary level bring out all of these things,” the AFC leader said in a separate interview.
News Source understands that when the issue of leaving APNU was put to a vote during an AFC meeting, Ramjattan was among the first to vote for this party to stay in the coalition but he was outnumbered by other members of his National Executive Committee.