– as WPO urges Govt to respect Constitution, set election date– former President warns that instability threatens economyBoth the Women’s Progressive Organisation (WPO) and former President Donald Ramotar have issued calls for the Government to respect the constitutional provisions after it lost a no-confidence vote brought by the parliamentary Opposition.Former President Donald RamotarAccording to the WPO in a statement, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Cabinet should resign with immediate effect, in keeping with Article 106 (6) of the Constitution of Guyana.The Organisation, which is the women’s arm of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), also urged that a date be set for general and regional elections, which are constitutionally due within 90 days of the December 21 no-confidence vote.It reminded that President David Granger and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo had promised they would abide by the constitutional provisions. The Organisation quoted Granger verbatim, noting that he said on December 22, 2018 that his “government will abide by the stipulations which have been imposed on it following the passing of the no-confidence motion…”“In the National Assembly on the night of the 21st December, 2018, the Leader of the Government business in the Parliament, the Prime Minister, recorded similar sentiments immediately after the motion was successfully carried,” they added.“The Government fell and lost its right to manage the affairs of the country. Baseless and frivolous arguments are now being touted by those who seek to confuse and give a false sense of hope to their supporters. No amount of spin can cast any doubt of the demise of the Government and the ensuing resignation which must occur.”The women’s organisation, therefore, called on the Government to “stop the charade” and to meet urgently with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo in order to ensure elections could be held.Economic recessionLongstanding WPO Chairperson Indranie ChandarpalMeanwhile, former President Ramotar warned that continuing uncertainty about Guyana’s political situation could have disastrous effects on the country’s economy. According to Ramotar, APNU/AFC is trying to frustrate the Constitution and the country as a whole, which will in turn affect investor confidence.“They must resign now! (Current Foreign Affairs Minister) Carl Greenidge in a comment when, in 2014 the AFC tabled a no-confidence motion, put it over strongly. He said that when a no-confidence motion is passed, the Government should resign immediately and prepare for elections! This is what the APNU/AFC Government must do now! This is the law!“I wish to recall that in 2014 when the no-confidence motion was put against the government that I led, I had prorogued the Parliament. I explained that I did this to allow some discussions between the Government and the Opposition in the interest of Guyana,” the former President stated.According to Ramotar, APNU/AFC refused to talk back then. Ramotar noted that having failed to get them to the table, he decided to call General and Regional Elections rather than extend the prorogation and his Government’s tenure.“I did that, because I was aware that with the best of intentions that my administration had, such an act could have led to political instability. Political instability would have negatively affected the economic progress of Guyana. For me that was unacceptable! To me, nothing should be done to affect the welfare of our people.”“If the leaders of the APNU/AFC have an iota of concern for our people, they must demonstrate this by resigning immediately and allow for the mandated general elections within the 90 days’ period as stipulated by the Constitution. If this is not done now, the confidence in the economy will decline even further.”Ramotar warned that if money from investors dried up, unemployment rates would increase since no investments equated to reduced job creation. As such, he urged Government to do the “lawful and decent thing” and resign.On December 21, the no-confidence motion brought by the parliamentary Opposition – the PPP/Civic – against the Government succeeded when Charrandas Persaud, a former AFC Member of Parliament, broke ranks and made a conscience vote in favour of the motion.With the Government’s defeat, the next steps are spelt out in the Constitution of Guyana. Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, clause 7 goes on to state that “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”
However, the Congress leader’s comment has all the potential to spark the once doused yet alight Tipu Sultan debate back into politics during the time of Lok Sabha elections, especially with the BJP in Karnataka.Since the Congress government of Karnataka in 2015, led by Siddaramaiah, had introduced Tipu Sultan Jayanthi (birth anniversary), there have been several protests against this.Several people took to social media to express their views of Tharoor praising the Pakistan PM.Here are some reactions:- Stop endorsing Tharoorji Tippu, an admirer of Hinduism Affection for Pakistan? Tipu Sultan will always remain a hot topic for debate Not a hero! Shashi Tharoor speaks at an event on the third day of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival in the Indian city of Jaipur on January 23, 2016Rohit Jain Paras/AFP/Getty Images [Representational Image]Congress candidate from Kerala’s capital city Thiruvananthapuram Shashi Tharoor praised Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday for remembering the death anniversary of Tipu Sultan.The senior Congress leader’s praise comes after PM Imran Khan tweeted saying, “Today 4th May is the death anniversary of Tipu Sultan – a man I admire because he preferred freedom and died fighting for it rather than live a life of enslavement.”Shashi Tharoor retweeted the Pakistan PM’s post saying that he personally knows Imran Khan’s interest in the history of the Indian subcontinent. “He read; he cares. It is disappointing, though, that it took a Pakistani leader to remember a great Indian hero on his punyathithi,” read his tweet.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina presides over a meeting of the Awami League Local Government Nomination Board at Ganabhaban in DHaka on Saturday. Photo: PIDRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) on Saturday finalised its candidates for the chairmen posts in the third phase of upazila parishad polls in 122 upazilas.The nominations were finalised at a meeting of the AL’s local government nomination board held at Ganabhaban in the capital in the afternoon.AL local government election nomination board chairperson and prime minister Sheikh Hasina presided over the meeting.Other members of the board including Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Obaidul Quader, Abdur Razzak, Muhammad Faruk Khan, Dipu Moni and Abul Hasnat Abdullah attended the meeting.In the third phase, the elections to 127 upazila parishads in 17 districts of five divisions will be held on 24 March.Election commission (EC) joint secretary SM Asaduzzaman announced the detailed schedule of the third phase upazila polls at a press conference at Agargaon Nirbachan Bhaban on 14 February.According to the schedule, the deadline for nomination paper submission for the third phase polls has been set on 26 February.The scrutiny will be held on 28 February while the last date for candidature withdrawal is on 7 March, said the EC secretary.
A woman apparently killed herself after allegedly poisoning her two daughters at Shikderpara in Rangunia upazila of Chattogram early Tuesday over a family feud, reports UNB. The deceased were Doly Akhter, 28, wife of Nurnabi and her daughters Ela Akhter, 6 and Esrat Nur, 10.Quoting family members, Imtiaz Uddin Bhuiyan, officer-in-charge of Rangunia police station, said that Doly poisoned her daughters and then killed herself around 12:30am.Other members of the family took the trio to Rangunia Upazila Health Complex. They were later shifted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital as their condition deteriorated. The doctors pronounced them dead around 1:30am.The OC said that they are investigating family members’ claim.