No confidence motion carried… Court must decide on legality, Charrandass conduct
Speaker of the House, Dr. Barton Scotland, in the absence of the Opposition today, has declined to rule on whether the December 21st no confidence motion was illegal.
Rather, he has referred the matter to the courts for rulings. At issue is where the 33-32 vote in favour of the no-confidence motion filed by the Opposition was legal.
The Coalition Government is arguing that it needed a majority of 34 votes for the motion filed by Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, to be carried.
Following that historic December 21, 2018 vote, the Government wrote the Speaker asking for a review and a ruling.
They also complained that there is evidence of misconduct by MP Charrandass Persaud, who decided to join with the People’s Progressive Party on the vote. The police are investigating whether he was paid off, citing the case as one of national security.
Constitutionally, once a vote of no confidence is passed, the Government of the day has to resign and call elections within three months. The caretaker government can stay longer if there is a two-thirds majority agreement.
The vote has divided the House with Guyana paying close attention.
President’s returns from Cuba
President David Granger returned home from Cuba on New Year’s Day after receiving his third round of chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Granger left Guyana on Christmas Day for Cuba where he is receiving treatment after being diagnosed with cancer in November. According to the President’s press unit, he returned home on New Year’s Day.
The Head of State has been receiving treatment at the Centro de Investigaciones Médico Quirúrgicas (CIMEQ).
This was his third medical visit to Cuba since November, when he was first diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, a type of cancer which develops in the lymphatic system.
The President and First Lady Sandra Granger had travelled to Cuba on October 30, 2018 to enable his undergoing medical tests after he had complained of feeling unwell. Days later, he was diagnosed with cancer.
The lymphatic system is part of the immune system. It comprises of clear fluid called lymph, which contains infection-fighting white blood cells known as lymphocytes, and the lymphatic vessels through which it flows.
The President was discharged from the hospital in Cuba on November 6, after undergoing a series of tests and surgical procedures. He returned to Guyana on November 20, after he was given approval by his medical team to travel. On December 4, the President left the shores of Guyana for a second time to continue his chemotherapy.
Chemotherapy targets cells that grow and divide quickly, as cancer cells do. Unlike radiation or surgery, which targets specific areas, chemo can work throughout the body. But it can also affect some fast-growing healthy cells, such as those which make up the skin, hair, and bone marrow.
In May of this year, Granger and the First Lady had travelled to Trinidad and Tobago to undergo what was referred to as their annual medical check-up. At the time, and in response to reports in the press, the Government had revealed that the couple did their examinations under a Caribbean medical insurance scheme at the Good Health Medical Centre.
The results of those check-ups, Government had said, had indicated a clean bill of health.