Why are the ABC countries still silent?

first_imgDear Editor,In a letter published in the letters column of Guyana Times on August 5, 2019, it was stated therein that the ABC countries need to be more specific with the PNC-led APNU/AFC coalition Government (now of caretaker status) to call General Elections immediately in keeping the constitutional timeframe. To date, no such call has been made by any member of the international community with the degree of specificity and their silence continues as if there is no justifiable reason for Guyanese to be concerned as the APNU/AFC caretaker Government continues to function with their full and unfettered powers and dominance over Guyana. The ABC nations professed amongst third world countries to promote and uphold democracy as the pillar of freedom of choice to govern and civil rights of citizens. Then why after 9-plus months of the passing of a valid no-confidence vote, since December 21, 2018, no definitive call has been made by the ABC representatives for the Government to hold General Elections – Is there a reason for the ABC countries’ soft stance towards the APNU/AFC caretaker Government?It is noteworthy to mention that the ABC countries were very much instrumental and accommodating by joining the then APNU and AFC (combined) parliamentary Opposition back in 2014-2015 when President Donald Ramotar prorogued (a legal appliance and presidential prerogative embodied in the Constitution) Parliament in November 2014 and pressured the PPP/C Government by way of spurious pronouncements to dissolve Parliament and set a date for General Elections.From a civil standpoint, the ABC representatives in Guyana should advise President David A Granger without delay, to issue his proclamation of dissolving Parliament (National Assembly and Regional Democratic Councils) on or before September 18, 2019, and set a date for General Elections in order to avoid any political crisis in the best interest of the Guyanese people.Sincerely yours,Paul Ramrattanlast_img read more

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