On Monday, February 11, 2019 the Attorney General asked the Court of Appeal to grant a stay of the decision and to issue a conservatory order preserving the President and Cabinet in office.
Chief Justice, Roxane George-Wiltshire in January had refused an application by Williams for a stay of her decision and a conservatory order because the three-month deadline on March 20, 2019 by which elections should be held after a no-confidence motion is approved is ticking. Instead, the Chief Justice told William’s that he could apply to the Court of Appeal.
The applications are against the Chief Justice’s decision in favour of Christopher Ram, and another against House Speaker Dr. Barton Scotland and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.
The AG wants the Court to issue the “conservatory order, preserving the status quo ante that the President, Cabinet and all Ministers of the Government remain in office until the hearing and determination of the appeal in the matter herein and such further or other order as the Court may deem just."
The Guyana Constitution provides for the President and government to remain in office until the holding of general elections within 90 days of the passage of a no-confidence motion or at another date to be approved by two-thirds of the National Assembly.
The Chief Justice has refused an application by the Attorney General for a stay of her decision and a conservatory order for the government to remain in office as the clock ticks towards the expiration of the 90 days on March 20, 2019.
Despite pressure from the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) for the government to resign, President David Granger on Sunday February 3 told party adherents that he would not resign and that government would remain in office while the no-confidence motion case is appealed right up to the Caribbean Court of Justice.
Granger told party adherents at the commissioning of the People’s National Congress’ Region 3 (West Demerara) headquarters at Vreed-en-Hoop, that government would not violate Guyana’s constitution. He said the judicial process would be followed “until we have exhausted, satisfactorily, I hope, every element and aspect of the law.”
“There is no such thing as interim government. There is no such thing as caretaker government. I remain President until the next President is sworn in so I don’t know they gon wok that one out. I ain’t going no way until the next president is sworn in,” Granger told party stalwarths.
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