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Thursday, December 12, 2013

The call by some segments of the population for the replacement of the office of nominal president in our Constitution by that of an executive president similar to that of the United States is not new since similar calls were made in 1971 and 1987 to the Wooding Commission and the Hyatali Commission but were rejected by them.  


A third draft constitution, however, prepared by Sir Ellis Clarke proposing an executive president of the US model was laid in the House of Representatives on August 18, 2006, but that document was superseded by a fourth draft emanating from the office of the then Prime Minister which proposed an executive president, not however, of the US model but one with authoritarian characteristics similar to the constitution promulgated by Forbes Burnham for Guyana in 1978. That document was circulated for public comments on January 9, 2009. 


The Wooding Commission had recommended a republican system of government with a national assembly (no Senate) to be elected partly by the first-past-the-post system and partly by proportional representation.


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