by Denis Chabrol (Demerara Waves) President Irfaan Ali on Tuesday hesitated to talk about the political future of Local Government Minister Nigel Dharamlall if he is charged with rape of a 16-year old teenage girl last December.
“As President, I have to deal fairly with what is before me. What is before me is that the minister proceeded on leave to allow that (investigation0. Now, beyond that decisions will have to be made but I can’t assume what will be done,” he told reporters. He said he would respect the decisions of the criminal justice system. “It’s not a matter of standing, it’s a matter of respecting whatever outcome is there,” he said.
Mr Dharamlall, who is also an executive member of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), has publicly denied all accusations and is on leave from ministerial duties.
Multiple sources close to the PPP have in recent days said they do not believe that Mr Dharamlall would be returning to ministerial duties because that would be politically risk for the key Amerindian vote in what have been narrow victories for the opposition A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) and the PPP in 2015 and 2020.