Guyana President and Opposition Leader to Meet on CCJ Ruling

President David Granger (right) meeting with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo earlier this year.

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday June 24, 2019 – President David Granger has invited Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo to meet with him to discuss the political situation in Guyana resulting from last week’s decision of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) that the no-confidence motion passed against the coalition government last December was valid and the appointment of the chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) was unconstitutional.

The two are expected to meet at the Ministry of the Presidency after today, when the CCJ makes the consequential orders arising from its ruling last Tuesday.

The invitation to Jagdeo was made in a letter dated June 20, sent on behalf of Granger by Director General, Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon.

Harmon said that the letter serves to demonstrate President Granger’s commitment to “engagement and dialogue” with the Opposition Leader in the interest of the development of Guyana.

According to the letter, the meeting will be held at the Ministry of the Presidency “at a time convenient” to both parties “after Monday, June 24, 2019”.

The CCJ will today hear from all parties on what should happen next after the court ruled that the December 21 no confidence was properly passed with 33 votes in the 65-seat National Assembly, and that President Granger acted outside the Constitution when he unilaterally appointed retired Justice James Patterson as GECOM chairman.

The CCJ had urged the parties to consult with each other on what the consequential orders should be, in an effort to reach consensus.

Under the Guyana Constitution, elections should be held within three months of the passage of a no-confidence motion unless an extension is granted by a two-thirds majority vote of the National Assembly.

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