The President has only two options

Dear Editor,

President Donald Ramotar on Sunday said the governing party, the PPP/C has no confidence in Speaker Raphael Trotman, following his decision to restrict Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee’s participation in the National Assembly. It was just as well it was Sunday since the very next working day was Monday, which would have provided the opportunity for the President to do the right thing and instruct all PPP/C MPs to withdraw their services from Parliament since they have lost confidence in the Speaker.

At least the majority opposition has been ethical in their position whereby they have lost confidence in Mr Rohee as the security tsar and have withdrawn their co-operation with him on all matters with respect to the security sector.

It is now the end of the week and there is no action from a do-nothing President. This inaction clearly exposes the modus operandi of the government; they are very idle people who only spew soundbytes with no substance.

We blame President Ramotar for the state of maladministration and poor governance in Guyana.  His wild and reckless statements with respect to the Speaker have smashed a beautiful picture by his careless handling of his axe. This will only cause the majority opposition to stand firmly behind their principled position with respect to Mr Rohee as the Minister of Home Affairs in the 10th Parliament.

As a result of the intransigence of President Ramotar, the security sector is now headless.  To have such an untenable situation is nothing else but reckless leadership on the part of the President.  He should have a contingency plan to ensure the affairs of state continue with or without Mr Rohee.  But he is following Freedom House.

So we call on the President to think carefully about his next move since in view of his statements he has only two honourable options left: totally withdraw his troops from a Trotman Parliament or call new elections.

Yours faithfully,
Asquith Rose
Harish S Singh

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