One week after President Donald Ramotar suspended Parliament to avoid a no-confidence motion, Britain’s High Commission to Guyana, Andrew Ayre, has called for the swift resumption of the legislature.
Ayre told reporters following the opening of a workshop on Anti-money laundering on Monday that “Parliament should re-sit in Guyana and get on with the business of taking this country forward.”
“The UK believes that the central pillar of democracy is parliament and, therefore, parliament should re-sit with the shortest possible delay,” he said.
Meanwhile, the main opposition group, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) has called on the nation to resist the imposition of a one-party dictatorship in Guyana.
In a release on Monday, the opposition also refuted allegations that that dialogue between the Opposition and the Government had been discontinued.
“The APNU calls on all Guyanese not to accept this denial of democracy and not to allow the PPP/C to implant a ‘one-party’ dictatorship in Guyana,” the release stated.
A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the minority Alliance for Change (SFC) control 33 of the 65 seats in the Parliament and according to Ramotar, opposition legislators used the one-seat majority to stifle Guyana’s development.