Guyana's Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Basil Williams, says that the government will go all the way to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), if needs be, to appeal the ruling of the High Court on Thursday that the no-confidence motion was validly passed.
Chief Justice (ag) Roxane George-Wiltshire ruled that although former Member of Parliament (MP), Charrandas Persaud, was illegally sitting as an MP due to his dual citizenship, his vote for the no-confidence motion was valid and that 33 constitutes a majority of the House and that Cabinet must resign.She also refused to grant a stay and conservatory order in her ruling.
However, later on the corridors of the High Court, Williams said that George-Wiltshire’s ruling is just one conclusion within the three-part, hierarchical court structure. “I asked just now for a stay and for a conservatory order and the chief justice refused, so we’re going to appeal the matter and we’re going to renew that application there because we’re saying to her, the time is running and we wish to have this matter resolved before the time runs out,” Williams explained.
He said that the legal team now awaits the written judgement of the chief justice, which was promised to be delivered by Wednesday, February 6, 2019, so that they can prepare their case for the appeal process.
He maintained that the chief justice’s assessments failed to comprehend the difference between a simple majority and an absolute majority; the latter of which would have required the motion to secure 34 votes to be carried. The argument is based on the sitting members of the National Assembly being 65, an odd number; half of the House would be equal to 32.5 members.