President to meet Jagdeo Wednesday
President David Granger is expected to meet with Leader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo at the Ministry of the Presidency next week Wednesday to discuss certain mutually pertinent matters.
Jagdeo had approached Minister of State Joseph Harmon to arrange a meeting with the president after former Alliance for Change (AFC) member Charrandas Persaud, in an unexpected move, had voted in support of an opposition-led no confidence motion.
However, with the President still receiving medical treatment at the time, Harmon by way of a letter responded to the request indicating that the President has advised that such a meeting could be facilitated in early January. The date of the meeting was confirmed yesterday with the newspaper’s viewing of the letter penned by the minister of state to the opposition leader on Thursday.
“I refer to my letter you dated 2018-12-22 and now confirm that His Excellency the President will meet with you on 2019-01-09 at 11:00hours at the Ministry of the Presidency,” the letter began, adding:
“It would be appreciated if you indicate the matters you wish to place on the agenda for the said meeting.”
Although efforts to contact the opposition were futile, Jagdeo had stated at the end of last month that he intends to use the opportunity to discuss where the country will go from the December 21 passing of the no-confidence motion against the government.
However, just yesterday the Speaker of the House, Dr. Barton Scotland had thrown the much contented matter of the motion’s passing over for the courts to decide. He stated that the matter of “divergent interpretations” requires a “final determination”, one which should settle all related concerns once and for all.
With the new unfolding, it is unknown what topics for discussion will now take precedence with the opposition. However, since the request was made President Granger had indicated that he is “anxious” to engage with the opposition leader on any concerns he may have.