GOVERNMENT and the opposition APNU+AFC Coalition have not met since the change of administration on August 2, largely because the ruling administration is finding it difficult to locate an “honest interlocutor” in the political opposition, said Vice-President, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo.
The Vice-President is adamant that Guyana needs to settle on one agenda for the future. However, the government is challenged to identify a single Opposition official who can speak on behalf of that team.
“We still have to, notwithstanding the fact that all efforts made have failed, we still have to reach out to have that done. The problem now is that we do not have an honest interlocutor on the other side,” Dr Jagdeo to national broadcaster, NCN.
To have an “honest interlocutor”, the Vice-President said, there must be somebody across the table who will agree to go through “bumpy times with you”, but would still give a commitment and keep that promise.
“So, the question remains. Who do we speak with on the other side? At this point in time, I cannot see a single individual who can stand up and say I speak for the collective and we are going to make some commitments here about working together and that person has the ability to defend, and have the party defend those commitments,” he said.
Dr. Jagdeo said the government has a progressive agenda and interested parties must subscribe to the overarching economic plan.
The political Opposition has been battling internal turmoil since losing power even as it continues to defend a series of alleged illegalities under its tenure.
The VP said many people who were not part of the coalition parties’ structure were handpicked for the 12th Parliament, leaving the more seasoned people behind. Further, the Opposition Leader continues to deny the legitimacy of the PPP/C Government.
Dr Jagdeo said the government is finding it difficult since dialogue is something promised in its manifesto.
“Even now it is very important to us, talking about the future, but you have to have people to talk with, who are not more concerned about defending illegalities,” he explained.
President, Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali, has said that there could be no talks unless the Coalition leadership recognised his government as legitimate.
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