Jagdeo will respect Court’s ruling

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, September 27, 2006 – As Guyana’s Acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Carl Singh, gears up to make a ruling today on a motion challenging the head of state’s authority to announce the date for the convening of Parliament, the country’s president yesterday vowed to comply with the court’s decision.

President Bharrat Jagdeo made the disclosure while addressing members of the media at a press brief held yesterday at the Office of the President. “I intend to respect the court’s ruling and I hope everyone else will,” said the President.

The motion, questioning the constitutionality of the inauguration of a number of government ministers earlier this month and the President’s authority to announce the date for the convening of Parliament, was filed by a number of parliamentary opposition parties.

The parties argue that Jagdeo dissolved the eighth parliament on May 2, 2006 to allow for general elections on August 28, 2006. Consequently, the ninth parliament should have been convened by September 2, 2006, in accordance with Article 69. However, to date, parliament has not been convened but is set to for September 28th.


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