PRESS RELEASE CONSULTATIONS BETWEEN THE PRESIDENT AND THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION People’s National Congress Reform Congress Place, Sophia Georgetown, Guyana. Saturday, December 1, 2007

The Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Robert Corbin, MP, and President Bharrat Jagdeo continued consultations on Friday, November 30, 2007, on Judicial appointments and the Chairman of the Police Service Commission.

Mr. Corbin, commenting on the outcome of the consultations, stated that there was no agreement in the consultations for the substantive post of Chancellor of the Judiciary.

According to Mr. Corbin, this was largely due to the intransigence of President Jagdeo who was unprepared to go beyond his original nomination to find consensus. This position was maintained by President Jagdeo, notwithstanding a suggestion by Mr. Corbin that the President utilize his own formula, announced two years ago, with respect to the appointment of a Search Committee to identify an acceptable candidate that has national consensus.

Failure to agree on the substantive post of Chancellor resulted in the consultations being held for Acting Chancellor and consequentially, Acting Chief Justice. In this regard, Mr. Corbin proposed Mr. Ian Chang, to act as Chancellor while Justice Mr. Carl Singh maintains his substantive position of Chief Justice in the context of the ruling by Justice Ramlall.

Mr. Corbin said that it was quite interesting that the President could not provide him with the results of the mysterious search Committee that was appointed by him two years ago to identify the Chief Justice.

The President, however, maintained his nomination of Justice Carl Singh to act as Chancellor and Mr. Ian Chang to act as Chief Justice. The consultations on the acting appointments, which do not require agreement of the Leader by the Opposition, have concluded.

The parties also consulted on the vacancy for a member of the Judicial Service Commission during which the President’s nomination of retired Judge Prem Persaud was considered.

The consultation on the identification of the Chairman of the Police Service Commission was also concluded. President Jagdeo is obligated to make the announcement on his decisions arrived at after the constitutionally mandated consultations.

The Leader of the Opposition also used the opportunity of the meeting to raise with the President his concerns over the manner in which the government of Guyana handled the violation of Guyana’s territorial integrity by Venezuela. A decision relating to the involvement of important stakeholders in issues of territorial integrity was also made.

People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia
Georgetown, Guyana.
Saturday, December 1, 2007