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  • File photo of David Granger, then leader of Guyana's opposition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) coalition, speaks during a rally in Georgetown Nov. 14, 2014.

    File photo of David Granger, then leader of Guyana's opposition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) coalition, speaks during a rally in Georgetown Nov. 14, 2014. | Photo: REUTERS/Girish Gupta

Published 24 December 2018

To win a motion of censure, the opposition referenced the losses in the petroleum industry and Granger's warmongering attitude towards Venezuela.

The President of Guyana David Granger, has been censured by the Parliament, which means that the government will be dissolved and elections must be called for a successor in the next 90 days.

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This is the first time in the history of Guyana that a motion to censure has been successful, with 33 votes in favor and 32 votes against, and which has succeeded in ending the government in power.

To win a motion of censure, the opposition referenced the losses in the petroleum industry which were considered to have been conceded to the Exxon Mobile company.

The Progressive Party of the People pushed for the censure as they are opposed the government concessions and the warlike attitude Granger has been taking towards Venezuela.

For its part, Venezuela maintains its historical claim over the Esequibo region and is committed to maintaining a dialogue, a stance which has not been reciprocated by Granger.

Esequibo is an area of over 160,000 km, which is claimed by Venezuela but administered by Guyana. The claim dates back to colonial times when the area was taken through the interventionism of the United States and Great Britain and codified via the Paris Tribunal of Arbitration of 1899.

The Geneva Accords, however, recognized Venezuela’s sovereignty over Esequibo and annulled the finding of the Paris Tribunal of Arbitration. Despite that, the government of Guyana has violated the treaty on 15 occasions by granting concessions to foreign companies looking to exploit the region.

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