The Government Ministers who earlier this month announced their resignations because of their dual citizenship will officially be giving up their portfolios and seats in parliament this week.
President David Granger chaired today’s Cabinet meeting and News Source understands that he will make an announcement before Friday’s Parliamentary sitting.
Although the Government announced the resignation of the four Ministers on the 1st April, the resignations did not take immediate effect and the four have been continuing with their ministerial duties.
With the President’s return to the country and the National Assembly set to meet this week, the coalition is set to announce the new MPs who will fill the four seats.
The portfolios for the Government Ministers are likely to be taken up by other Cabinet colleagues and the resigned Ministers are likely to take up new roles in the Government.
Three of the four government ministers, Carl Greenidge, Joe Harmon and Dr . Rupert Roopnarine who have resigned, are also expected to begin steps to give up their foreign citizenship.
The fourth minister, Dominic Gaskin, was born in the United Kingdom.
On the Opposition side, its three Members of Parliament who are dual citizens are also expected to be replaced. Two of the three have already resigned from Parliament.
The Constitution of Guyana prohibits anyone who holds dual citizenship from serving as a Member of Parliament, but the law was ignored by politicians for several years.