Nandlall’s flawed political theorizing

Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall claimed that ‘With each passing day, the Constitution of Guyana becomes a greater obstacle to President David Granger. Almost every appointment of a constitutional nature produces a battle between the President and the constitution. These battles have made it demonstrably clear to the avid observer that President Granger has an uncanny intolerance for rules and the views, opinions and the input of others. These are the hallmark qualities of an authoritarian.’ He said that President David Granger admires Forbes Burnham, who understood that the constitution should not be violated, that ‘As a result, he realized very early that he could not function under the Westminster Constitution,’ and that one reason for ‘rigging the 1973 elections was to empower himself with sufficient votes in the National Assembly to change it. …. The 1980 Constitution was born and properly labeled the Burnham Constitution. It was under the PPP that changes were made to that constitution. Every single change was designed to democratize it, to devolve power away from the executive and to increase checks and balances against executive power, while at the same time augment civil liberties’ (Unilateral judicial appointments by the President will be challenged. SN: 17/02/18).

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