Georgetown (Guyana), Dec 22 (AFP) A Guyana government backbencher who complained about “dictatorship” has triggered elections and an unprecedented political situation in the former British colony. Also Read - Earth's Eighth Continent? 2020 Brings New Surprise as Maps of 'Zealandia' Released in Latest Data

“We are going back to the polls,” Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo said after his coalition, which had a one-vote majority in the National Assembly, lost a no-confidence motion brought by the opposition over rising unemployment and what it called poor economic management. Also Read - Pakistan Passes Resolution to Publicly Hang Child Sexual Abusers

The coalition between A Partnership for National Unity and the Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) had 33 seats, against 32 for the opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC). Also Read - Trinidad and Tobago vs Guyana Dream11 Team Prediction Super50 Cup 2019: Captain And Vice-Captain, Fantasy Cricket Tips TNT vs GUY Group B Match at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad 11:00 PM IST

But when AFC member Charrandas Persaud switched sides to back the opposition’s no confidence motion, Nagamootoo said “the outcome has to be accepted,” paving the way for general elections within 90 days.

Persaud complained that the government “failed to perform as a truly democratic government should,” and said backbenchers had not been consulted.

“It has been a policy of dictatorship,” he said in a statement.

The prime minister countered that until Friday he had no reason to believe that Persaud had a problem.

Opposition leader Bharrat Jagdeo said the situation “is unprecedented” but called for calm and consensus between the government and opposition.

His PPPC had ruled the country on the northeastern tip of South America since 1992 until the coalition unseated it in 2015.

Elections were not constitutionally due until 2020.

Guyana, one of South America’s poorest countries, shares cultural ties with the English-speaking Caribbean. (AFP) SCY 12221931

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.