House must decide on the next move says Speaker
It said the ruling by the Chief Justice is an interpretation of the Constitution that would have far-reaching ripples and effects throughout the Commonwealth parliamentary systems and procedures.
The Chief Justice ruled that it is unlawful and unconstitutional for the National Assembly to amend, or cut the budget, saying the only powers the House has is to approve or disapprove.
The Parliament Office said the Ruling provides an interpretation of the Rules and Standing Orders of the National Assembly relative to their conformity with Constitution of Guyana, but that that Article 171 of the Guyana Constitution is the same as those provisions in the Constitutions of all Commonwealth nations as the Standing Orders and Rules of the Parliaments of Commonwealth Nations.
The Parliament Office said that the doctrine of the separation of powers is the foundation of Guyana’s, and all parliamentary democracies, which recognises that the rule of law must be respected and upheld.
According to the Parliament Office, the principle of comity dictates that the three branches of government – the Executive, the Legislative and the judicial are all separate and equal, and are to respect the rights and authority of each other.
However, the Parliament Office said the decision of the High Court is to be respected, and but that it remains subject to the inherent right of appeal that is reposed in the National Assembly.
The Speaker, Raphael Trotman, was made a party to the proceedings in his capacity as a representative of the National Assembly, and as such, he said it is for the National Assembly to determine and direct the way forward in conformity with Article 171 of the Constitution.
At about midday Wednesday, Police say 21-year-old Tyrell Evans was found with a stab wound to his chest at the shop he worked in at Tiger Creek Backdam in the North West District. He was taken to the Port Kaituma Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Police reported that two men were seen earlier entering the shop and running away shortly after. The shop was found ransacked, but up to news time it was not clear if anything was stolen. Police investigations are continuing.