THE SPEAKER CANNOT FIX A DATE – UNDER THE RULES OR BY PRACTICE

The Clerk to the National Assembly has sought, in a letter to the press, to answer my article last Sunday in which I contended that the Speaker must convene the National Assembly now. My argument was that the National Assembly, when adjourned without a date being fixed, must sit on the next sitting day pursuant […]

THE SPEAKER IS OBLIGED TO CONVENE THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY NOW!

There appears to be no consensus among parliamentary parties about a date for the first sitting of the National Assembly after the just concluded recess. There also appears to be some confusion as to the procedure by which the National Assembly is to be convened. It is claimed that the Government has to make a […]

EXCISING THE PRESIDENTIAL CARBUNCLE

In his article last Wednesday in Future Notes, (‘Some suggestions for constitutional reform’), Dr. Henry Jeffrey, advanced extensive views on constitutional reform. In order not to lose the momentum and opportunity of a discourse on the subject, I now seek to give some opinions of my own in the hope that they will add to […]

NO CONFIDENCE

The AFC released on Friday last a letter to the President of Guyana in which it advised that it will be tabling in the National Assembly a motion of no confidence in the Government. The reason stated in the letter is that the AFC finds it “wholly unacceptable” that the Government is spending from the […]

SLASH AND BURN

I listened intently to a television discussion last Sunday on Channel 28 sponsored through the auspices of the USAID LEAD Programme. The participants were Messrs Khemraj Ramjattan, leader of the AFC and Carl Granger, the finance spokesperson for APNU. Even for a jaded ex-politician like me, the discussion was extremely interesting. Both men spoke about […]