Opposition lays down demands for power-sharing

Opposition lays down demands for power-sharing

December 2, 2011 – Demerara Waves

The political opposition has laid down demands for a power-sharing cabinet but president-elect, Donald Ramotar has refused to confirm that.

“I will not confirm or deny anything,” he told Demerara Waves Online News (www.demwaves.com )

He and presidential candidates for the opposition coalition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), David Granger and Alliance For Change’s (AFC), Khemraj Ramjattan met Thursday evening in a Committee Room at Parliament Buildings.

“The Meeting was convened to discuss issues of interest to the people of Guyana. The Presidential Candidates agreed that there will be follow- up meetings directly and through their representatives,” they said in a joint statement.   

Ramotar said he is interested in “working together” for the good of Guyana but he declined to say whether that meant picking his cabinet across party lines.

Demerara Waves Online News ( www.demwaves.com ) that, at the meeting called by the PPPC, the opposition insisted on shared governance- a major plank of its general election campaign.

Presidential and Prime Ministerial candidates meeting in Parliament Building

Presidential and Prime Ministerial candidates meeting in Parliament Building.

Granger has been trying his best to cool his supporters’ tempers by telling them that the outcome of the polls for the first time gives the opposition in the parliament leverage in keeping checks on the executive.

The PPPC won 32 seats in the 65-seat National Assembly with 48.6 percent; APNU with 26 seats and 40.8 percent and the Alliance of Change (AFC) got seven seats with 10.3 percent. The United Force did not get any seats in the 65 seat National Assembly.

At the same time, APNU has charged that the election was not free and fair because of alleged manipulation of votes, missing statements of poll, multiple voting and intimidatory tactics by a number of PPPC candidates on polling day.

APNU has also complained that the integrity of some ballot boxes has been called into question, particularly in the wake of the discovery of a number of broken ballot-box seals at North Ruimveldt M ultilateral School. Several of those seals are in the possession of APNU at the Congress Place headquarters of the Peoples National Congress Reform (PNCR)- the major coalition partner.

APNU supporters took to the streets Thursday afternoon and thronged outside  Parliament Building while the presidential candidates met inside. After the meeting, they were led to the Square of the Revolution where a meeting was held and they were asked to disperse.

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  • neil augustus  On December 5, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Perhaps, it would have been better if the opppsition had joined the PPP and had those areas in dispute recounted, not wait to quesiton after their seem to be accepted. Anyway, the assembly have the final say in legislation, hence the possible powersharing tool. having different parties holding different miminstries without a common agreement on policy is a recipe for divided and chaos, time for opposition to show their leadership skills in making the elections results work for all the people and not just politicians, sorry soup drinkers, just saying as an independent sole

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