Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

Posted on November 15, 2014 by Ralph Ramkarran

Proroguing parliament is a legitimate constitutional device in Westminster constitutions, whatever its origins and the purpose for which it is used. Much of the time prorogation has been used for partisan purposes, has been unpopular and has incurred much opposition. The Governor prorogued the legislature in 1963 to cause the lapse of the Labour Relations Bill, which would have resulted in a poll in the sugar industry and ultimate recognition of the PPP aligned GAWU to represent sugar workers.

The President said that the objective of prorogation is to prevent confrontation and encourage consultation. The opposite will be the result. The Government’s life has come to a natural end because stalemate reigns everywhere. The renewal of the Government’s mandate, not perpetuation of its life, was the solution. A national unity government is another.

A political storm has been unleashed. The Opposition has declared that further talks with the Government would be useless and has taken to the streets in peaceful protest. If the Government attempts to continue the prorogation beyond March 31, 2015, when its normal power to spend runs out and a budget would be due, it risks increased agitation.

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  • Leslie Chin  On 11/17/2014 at 6:27 pm

    The British legacy of divide and rule is alive and well in Guyana. When Burnham and Jagan formed the PPP it appeared that the racial divide had been crossed but they soon quarreled and Burnham broke away and formed the PNC. The PPP and the PNC have been at loggerheads ever since. Surely there are some things that the PPP and PNC can agree on. They both profess to be socialists.

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