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Guyana no-confidence motion not valid, Court of Appeal rules

Guyana's Court of Appeal has ruled that the no-confidence vote against the David Granger-led coalition government was not validly passed on December 21 last year.

The Appeal Court judges ruled 2-1 on the matter, with Chancellor Yonette Cummings-Edwards and Justice Dawn Gregory in favour while Justice Rishi Persaud provided the dissenting ruling. 

Friday’s ruling struck down Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire's decision that the no-confidence motion was validly passed by 33 to 32 votes, instead ruling that an "absolute majority" of 34 votes was required to pass a no-confidence motion.

The ruling effectively means that the coalition government is fully legal and should constitutionally remain in office without any hindrance or questions.

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo's attorney, Anil Nandlall, said he would be appealing to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on the matter.



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