President Ali to meet with Opposition Leader on constitutional matters

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President Dr. Irfaan Ali and Opposition Leader Aubrey Norton

President Dr. Irfaan Ali, and Leader of the Opposition, Aubrey Norton are expected to meet within two weeks to discuss several constitutional matters. The Head of State said Norton should receive an invitation letter for the consultation Thursday. 

“There are a number of constitutional matters that have to be addressed, so those are the matters that will primarily be on the table,” President Ali told reporters Wednesday evening, on the sideline of the launch of International Building Expo, at the Pegasus Hotel, Georgetown.

“You know we have to get the Judicial Service Commission in place, so all the constitutional issues that require consultation with the Opposition will be on the table,” he said.

The engagement between the Head of State and the Opposition Leader has been long overdue. Delays in the meeting stemmed from the failure of former Opposition Leader, Joseph Harmon to acknowledge the legitimacy of the PPP/C government.

Harmon’s behaviour had obstructed talks between the two parties, almost 20 months since the administration lawfully took office. 

Despite this, President Ali remained optimistic that the Opposition APNU+AFC must explicitly recognise and acknowledge the legitimacy of the government.

“The Leader of the Opposition has a choice. Let me be very clear on this, he has choice. Sometimes, we have to decide what is foolhardy and what we really want to achieve. I don’t know what bubble he is in, but I am sure the Leader of the Opposition is aware, like the rest of the world, that he trampled upon democracy,” the President had said.

President Ali had issued several calls to the then Opposition Leader to do the “right thing” and desist from pushing the false narrative, which was circulated on social media platforms and other forums.

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