Guyana: Mayor of Bartica, Gifford Marshall lambasted President and asked him to consult with the leader of the opposition on the matter of national interest, adding that several Guyanese will hold fast accusing that the government was illegally elected.
He added that, “Last evening I read the headline ‘Venezuela’s govt, opposition formally agree to unite around border controversy with Guyana.’ This from a country previously torn along political lines. Twelve hours after, I woke to a headline in the Guyana chronicle in which Guyana’s President is quoted as saying – “Recognising the Government is not a condition but a fact”.”
Marshall said that Guyana has found itself at a very difficult crossroad that demands political maturity and sensible leadership. There is no legal mandate or requirement for the Opposition Leader to formally recognise the President, the laws do however indicate that the President must consult with the Leader of the Opposition on matters of national interest.
Notably, although the Opposition Leader has not formally acknowledged the legitimacy of the President, “he has equally not done anything that can be considered treasonous or that contravenes the President or the Government’s ability to govern.”
“The reality is, for the next four years several Guyanese will hold fast to the view that the Government was illegally elected, some will also continue to support the political parties that form the Opposition. Does this view therefore preclude the Government from fulfilling their mandate of meeting the needs of these Guyanese in the same way that they will meet the needs of their supporters? It most certainly does not,” Marshall alleged.
Despite the opinions of many, President Ali was still sworn in as the President of Guyana and he is required to govern in accordance with the constitution. “Mr. President you took the oath of office, therefore you are expected to govern accordingly.”
“Individuals are entitled to their views as is their right in a democratic state. The President and the Opposition Leader need not be friends in this instance however they both represent constituents and the interests of these constituents must be paramount,” he added.
“In short, the Ali Government must learn from even an ambitious Venezuela and engage with the Opposition for the greater good of its citizens. Guyana will not move forward until the Government commits to securing an equitable society.”