Moments ago, the APNU+AFC Government released a short statement giving vague insight to its intended course of action in face of the No-Confidence Motion that was recently passed in the National Assembly.
The statement read, “The Cabinet of the Coalition Government met today and received a report from the Special Legal Sub-Committee on the matter with regard to the confidence Motion in the National Assembly on December 21. The Chairman of the Sub-Committee, Attorney General Basil Williams SC, updated Cabinet on the matter and presented a number of recommendations.
“Cabinet discussed various options and took certain decisions on the way forward. The Coalition Government assures its supporters and the public that it will pursue all available options and act in the best interest of all Guyanese. Cabinet will provide subsequent updates as required.”
The statement was released amidst speculations that the passage of the motion may have been flawed.
Prominent Attorney at Law, Nigel Hughes is on record saying that the motion is invalid because it needed more than a simple majority. Hughes is also on record quoting precedents in other parts of the world. The lawyer also said that the motion needed at least 34 votes in its favor.
The Bharrat Jagdeo-sponsored motion was passed after a Government Member of Parliament, Charandas Persaud voted with the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C); therefore, 33 elected Members of the National Assembly voted for the motion while 32 voted against. The motion was therefore pronounced carried.