-states that a re-examination of roles and relationships needs to be mulled
Another of the smaller Parties which had joined the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) to form the previous APNU+AFC coalition Government has officially severed ties citing that the country’s political landscape is changing significantly and “it demands a re-examination of roles and relationships.”
The Justice For All Party (JFAP) led by Chandranarine Sharma (C.N Sharma) is the second Party to withdraw from the APNU which is the largest Party in the Coalition.
In a letter addressed to the APNU’s Leader, David Granger, dated September 1, 2020, General Secretary of the JFAP, Savitree Singh Sharma, wife of C.N Sharma stated that like any other organization, the APNU has its strength and weakness; successes and failures.
JFAP’s bailout comes closely on the heels of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) also withdrawing its membership from the People’s National Congress/ Reform (PNC/R)-led APNU grouping.
The WPA had threatened weeks before it cut relations with the APNU that if its demands were not met it would have to do such. It had complained that transparency in leadership and the right to select its own Members of Parliament are the main reasons it had to depart from the Coalition.
The WPA’s Chairman, Tabitha Sarabo-Halley subsequently resigned from the WPA but has opted to retain her position as a Member of Parliament for the APNU+Alliance For Change Coalition.
During 2015 to 2020 when the APNU+AFC Coalition had been in power it was a five (5) member coalition but now only two Parties remain; the PNC/R and the Guyana Action Party (GAP) which are now seated in the Opposition benches at Parliament following the Peoples’ Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) victory at the March 2, 2020 elections.