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President warned of no confidence motion

Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 11.38.19 PMThe Alliance for Change, which holds the balance of power in the 65-seat legislature, sees no other alternative than to proceed with a Parliamentary vote of no confidence against the Donald Ramotar government.

In a letter to the President, the party said the vote is a constitutional mechanism for removal of an unpopular Government that has ceased to enjoy the confidence of the National Assembly and who by its actions has demonstrated an unlawful and contemptuous disregard for the Supreme Law of the Country.

The party is seeking the support of the main opposition APNU for the motion, but APNU is yet to decide.

The AFC said it was left with no alternative because of what it says was the  unauthorized and unconstitutional withdrawals made from Consolidated Fund by the Minister of Finance.

Some $4.5 billion was spent without Parliamentary approval.

The AFC argued that this is a clear contravention of Article 217 of the Constitution and Section 16 of the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act.

The party told Ramotar that such actions greatly exceeds the mandate it was given by the people of Guyana in the elections of 2011, in which the PPP received 48% of the vote.

 Those elections handed the opposition a majority in the House; the AFC said the will of the Guyanese people is reflected in the composition of the National Assembly, and that one of the key roles played by that body is the authorisation of all public spending.

  And so the AFC said it finds it wholly unacceptable that the Government is now spending from the Consolidated Fund beyond the provisions of the Appropriations Act of 2014 or any other approved by the National Assembly.

 The AFC leader Khemraj Ramjattan, who signed the letter sent to the President, said the AFC cannot condone, participate in or lend any support to such a serious breach of the Constitution and laws of Guyana, and it finds it necessary in the light of the clear and present danger to the Constitution and the rule of law to explore all options necessary for safeguarding the public purse against further lawless spending.

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