[Video] Speaker unlikely to risk credibility by reversing no-confidence ruling


Bharrat Jagdeo

According to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, it is unlikely that Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Barton Scotland will risk his credibility by reviewing the passage of the no-confidence vote of December 21.

The Speaker has no power of review since it is not the Speaker who voted, he contended, adding that “for the Speaker to reverse this, he has to come up with a new interpretation of a majority and I doubt our Speaker would place his credibility on the line here.”

The government has advanced reasons to Scotland arguing that he erred in ruling that the PPP/C-sponsored no-confidence motion against the government was carried. Among the reasons is that a majority of all elected members in the 65-member House is 34 rather than 33. Charrandas Persaud had defected from the government benches to vote in favour of the motion. Attorney General Basil Williams yesterday said that if the Speaker does not reverse the ruling, the government will be moving to the courts…..

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