Let's talk

President Donald Ramotar will meet with opposition legislators on Monday as the government moves towards preventing a repeat of last year as the opposition again threatens to use its slender one-seat majority to cut the GUY$208.8 billion (One Guyana dollar = US$0.01 cents) budget presented to the National Assembly last month.

Finance Minister Dr. Ashni Singh has already indicated that the proposed cuts defy logic, and have no merit for the good intentions towards the future of Guyana.

He said the budget cuts would also be in defiance of the ruling by the Courts last year, adding “they are holding the budget hostage to sell their political agenda”.

The Guyana-based website, Demerara waves, quoting sources said that “the Guyanese leader has virtually made up his mind to call early elections if the cabinet and its advisors agree that the budget cuts would make running the country unmanageable.”

The website said that government ministers, on an aggressive budget exercise for several days, have in some cases been hinting at fresh elections depending on the severity of the budget cuts.

The meeting on Monday is likely to be attended by representatives of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance for Change (AFC), which together control 33 of the 65 seats in the National Assembly.

Presidential Advisor on Governance, Gail Teixeira appearing on a television programme here said that unlike 2012, this time around, government also has major issues of its own to bring to the talks with the political opposition.