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Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo today (August 8, 2019) reiterated that after September 18, 2019, the caretaker Coalition Government will not have any legitimacy.

His comment comes on the heels of President David Granger refusing a request by the Opposition Leader to uphold the recent ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) and constitutional provisions.

On Wednesday, the Head of State responded to a letter sent by Jagdeo over two weeks ago, requesting that he and his Cabinet uphold Article 106 of the Constitution and the CCJ’s ruling and subsequent consequential orders by resigning and calling elections.

But President Granger said, in response, that he will not accede to the Opposition’s request.

To this end, Jagdeo reiterated that constitutional rule will end on September 18, which will be three months since the CCJ ruled that the No-Confidence Motion was validly passed against the government, giving effect to Articles 106 (6) and (7).

“Constitutional rule will cease on that day. We are in unchartered waters. The government will be a usurper in office and it cannot claim necessity if it’s self-imposed… We’re making it clear that after September 18, the government does not any legitimacy. In fact, constitutional rule ends at that date in Guyana,” he told pointed out to reporters at his weekly press conference.

According to the Opposition Leader, the Trinidad-based regional court’s ruling was clear and is being understood by everyone except the caretaker Coalition Government.

“Any sensible person reading the Constitution, [even] a child in school can tell you what it means. The language is clear as the CCJ said. It doesn’t need to buffer the language of the Constitution, it’s unambiguous. But [the President] has decided here to say ‘I’m not complying the Constitution,” Jagdeo stated.

Articles 106 (6) and (7) of the Constitution says that the President and his Cabinet shall resign after the passage of a no confidence motion and call elections within three months.

At a hearing last month, the CCJ said that the constitutional actors, including the President and the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), have a responsibility to uphold the “unambiguous” provisions of the Guyana Constitution.

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Jagdeo is right. I hope he doesn't let the people of Guyana down by giving any more favors to the Coalition. They had their chance, time and squandered it and instead of acting like civilized human beings, they chose to behave like animals.

Bibi Haniffa posted:

What nonsense is this? Government had no legitimacy since March 21st.

Any other decent set of people would have insisted on preserving their dignity by ensuring that elections were held by March 21, 2019 but expecting decency from the Coalition crew is asking too much. Ramotar had the dignity to set an election date and abide by his words. Granger's words are worthless even to him.

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo today (August 8, 2019) reiterated that after September 18, 2019, the caretaker Coalition Government will not have any legitimacy.

I wouldn't be so sure. Granger reserve his ammo to outsmart Jagdeo and the PPP about legitimacy.Allow me to reiterate what Granger said. He is the elected president of Guyana and he was elected by the people to serve a full term in office. He will not resign until a new president is elected and sworn it. He is not a babysitter. 

Time is over. For the sake of the Guyanese people, the PPP should not throw the PNC any more lifelines. They should take the stand GHW Bush took with Iraq in 1990 in assembling a coalition to force the PNC to obey the laws of decency.

This is exactly my gripe with the PPP. They are afraid to do anything. They let things get to the extreme where there is no turning back. Granger will do everything in his power to con Jagdeo and the CCJ to get what he wants. 

One has to be very careful how they take stands when one of the ensuing options could be slo fiah mo fiah. While the PPP still needs to register their disapproval of the PNC’s actions, they have to keep in mind that the PNC never thought twice before starting to burn the place down. Because of the PNC’s history, the PPP therefore are caught between the rock and a hard place. It is similar to the dilemma that Mayor Bradley faced during the LA riots. He couldn’t find the comfort to bring in military force to quell the riots because of its consequences. GHW Bush didn’t have the same dilemma when going after Iraq. In the end, Saddam was totally at blame for 1991 and if Guyana faces similar fate, the PNC will be totally at fault.

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