THE man whose vote brought down Guyana’s government is preparing a new political salvo against the APNU-AFC government led by President David Granger.

Saying he is “very concerned” about the current political situation in Guyana and “very much worried about the possibility of violence, Charrandas Persaud accused the government of holding the “whole country to ransom” in continuing to challenge the validity of the December 21 no-confidence vote which, according to the constitution, should have paved the way for elections by March 20.

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Persaud, then a government parliamentarian for the coalition partner Alliance For Change (AFC), voted in support of the opposition People’s Progressive Party’s no-confidence motion, triggering the collapse of the APNU-AFC administration with its razor thin majority of 33-65 with a year and a half still to go in its term.

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