President David Granger has announced his government’s intention to seek new life when the National Assembly reconvenes on October 10.
President Granger made this known even as he announced that elections will be held on March 2.
He said, “The extension of a period beyond three months for the holding of an election is related to the Elections Commission’s readiness to hold the elections. The Government of Guyana must, as a consequence, return to the National Assembly to request an extension. The National Assembly reconvenes on 10th October 2019.”
However, the government would need a two-thirds majority of the National Assembly to extend its life.
The APNU+AFC government only has a one-seat majority. Therefore, it is dependent on the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) opposition to make any extension possible.
On several occasions, Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo made it clear that his party is not willing to return to the National Assembly. Guyana Standard understands that “nothing has changed” on this front. The PPP is not expected to return to Parliament.