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Country Report Guyana

  • Published: July 2014
  • Region: Guyana
  • 28 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

A minor opposition party, the Alliance for Change (AFC), has threatened to lodge both a police complaint and a motion of no confidence in parliament against the government of the president, Donald Ramotar.

The threats were made in response to the administration's decision to use a consolidated fund for expenditure totalling G$4.5bn (US$21.9m) that were specifically blocked by the opposition during the 2014 budget debate. The proposed motion of no confidence also reflects the AFC's frustration with a perceived lack of transparency and accountability from the administration, including the failure to hold local government elections for over 16 years. Although the party reportedly considered alternative punitive actions-including recommending the finance minister, Ashni Singh, for sanctions by the National Assembly's privileges committee-the AFC leadership ultimately decided that these would be largely ineffective.

Even as the party was making the decision to push ahead with the motion of no confidence, it prepared a detailed dossier for the attention of the commissioner of police and the director of public prosecutions, making a case for various allegations of misfeasance/malfeasance in public office to be laid against Mr Singh and other public officials who were party to unauthorised spending.

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