LEFT BEHIND: No “Acting President” for Phillips” while Ali in Washington

President Irfaan Ali continues to rack up his frequent flier miles: traveling overseas at least twice per month. In his haste to jet set, he has “forgotten” to designate Prime Minister Mark Phillips as President Acting.

The Constitution of Guyana provides that in the absence of the President, the Prime Minister shall be sworn in to act until the president returns.

However, it has been observed by local commentators that lately, whenever the president travels overseas the Prime Minister is not appointed to act in his absence, as such, creating a security dilemma in the country.

“The president’s refusal to respect the constitution and the function of the Prime Minister constitutes a major dereliction of duty by the head of State,” says one political analyst.

The analyst warns that leaving Guyana without a designated President for days and weeks in a row can subject the country and its people to unspeakable dangers both foreign and domestic.

President Irfaan Ali, three days ago, left Guyana with a high-level delegation for a meeting with United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken in Washington DC. He has had several other engagements as well.

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