We the innocent, led by the unknown, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful!
We have done so much with so little, so we are now qualified to do anything with nothing!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Jagdeo puts to rest third term claims by Opposition
President Bharrat Jagdeo has rubbished claims he sought legal opinions of his running for a third term at the upcoming national elections, which he said neither he nor his government has any intention of delaying past the end of this year.“As it relates to a third term, I have had many people from my party, from the business community, from some opposition parties lobby me to pursue a third term. My answer is, and has been, uniformly ‘no’. I am not interested in pursuing a third term. It was I who signed the new Constitution into effect. It was my signature that brought in term limits. I have to respect the Constitution that I put in place and so I have absolutely no interest in a third term,” the President declared.
He was at the time speaking at a news conference he hosted at the Presidential Complex in Georgetown during which he addressed several matters of national importance.
Asking the question of why this issue keeps cropping up from time to time, President Jagdeo postulated that two groups of people have raised this: politicians and the media, namely the Kaieteur News and the Stabroek News. “And they are all basically in the same camp.”
He said that up to a few days ago, Leader of the Opposition Robert Corbin said the President sought three opinions from three legal sources as to whether Guyana’s Constitution could be changed to allow for the President to serve an additional term in office. “This is absolutely untrue. I never sought any legal opinion from anyone,” the President said.
But he noted that in a conversation with Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission, Dr. Steve Surujbally, he learned that the Commission sought the opinion of its legal officer as to whether the third term could be possible.
“So any opinion being sought did not come from Jagdeo. It came from the Commission in their planning process. Now, I am very upset with the Chairman and the Commission for doing this, because they should never second-guess me. I have made it clear that this is not an issue, so why should they be seeking a legal opinion whether this is possible?” he questioned.
“If that is what Corbin heard then he is either misled or is misleading,” Mr. Jagdeo said.
As it relates to the two other opinions that he (the President) is alleged to have sought, Mr. Jagdeo had this to say: “I don’t know. He (Corbin) will have no credibility unless he names who these other two legal luminaries are that I have sought these opinions from. It could not be me, because I am not interested. The Constitution is clear so I am not interested in that.”