People Progressive Party celebrates 20 years in Government – video`

People Progressive Party celebrates 20 years in Government

Guyana’s oldest political party, the People’s Progressive Party is celebrating 20 years in Government and reflecting on the work it has been able to do as a Government over those years, while focusing on the future. This afternoon the PPP hosted a celebration ceremony at the international convention center. Former President, Bharrat Jagdeo, who was the longest serving President said, the party has been able to make a number of advancements as a governing party over the past 2 decades.    

Longtime PPP member and Chairperson of the Women’s Progressive Organisation, Indra Chandarpal, said, the party has faced some challenges in Government. Natural Resources Minister, Robert Persaud, spoke too about the legacy of the founding members of the party.

It was October 9th, 1992 that Dr. Cheddi Jagan was sworn into office as President bringing the PPP to power after 28 years in opposition. Dr. Jagan passed away before fulfilling his full term in office and was succeeded by Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, who would later make way for Dr. Jagan’s widow, Mrs. Janet Jagan, to become President. The elections that took her to the Presidency were declared null and void in a landmark decision by Justice Claudette Singh. But that decision in an election petition case came after Mrs. Jagan had already demitted office owing to ill health. The young Finance Minister, Bharrat Jagdeo, would take over the Presidency and lead the PPP to two election victories in 2001 and 2006. The constitution barred him from seeking a 3rd term and so in 2011 it was the party’s General Secretary, Donald Ramotar, who became the Presidential Candidate and took the party to the polls. It was the party’s worst showing at an election in 2 decades. Its support fell below the 50% mark leaving the new President Ramotar, to lead a minority Government, with the joint opposition parties controlling the parliament.

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  • marc matthews  On October 10, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Should be a wake

  • Wycs  On October 10, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Congrats to the PPP party. You have done well during the past 20 years bringing the country almost to what it was prior to the PNC. I am sure the people will be happy to see PROGRESS in Guyana and hope this will continue under President Ramotar. I would like to congratulate the past President Jagdeo who played a major hand in tilting Guyana’s progress. The Guyanese should all be grateful to him for his tremendous effort to get Guyana back to what it was. Now Mr President Ramotar, please continue the good works left by your predecessor which, I hope will be the best country in the Caribbean.

  • Cyril Balkaran  On October 11, 2012 at 8:24 am

    The Hallmarks of Achievements of a Government is measured by the success of its Policies and its 5year economic Program. It is to the credit of the population that the Democratic processes are continuing in a country where democracy was derailed for decades and the population kept under subjugation and servitude. The Government of the day may not see its legislative agenda as a success in the stymed Parliament but those who took the Oath of Alegience to promote the National good and peace must remember that at all times they must do their best to promota harmony and peace in this multiethnic nation. The Amaila Hydroelectric Plan is the plan to push economic progress in the country and region and we await the land development program that will make Guyana the Food Basin of the Caribbean. Caricom or no Caricom Guyana will become the Country to promote Food Security in the region and hemisphere and we must engage the Government in expediting such a program now. The Land mass of 83,000 sq miles bathed in the fresh black waters of the Amazon is the envy of the World that is why the $US 845 million dollars is credited for Amaila. and The people will determine whether the Government gets another 5 years and also those 65 members of Parliament who are creating world Parliamentary history will also be determined by the very electorate for wasting valuable time and energy. The Commonwealth parliamentary Association will have a lot to discuss at its next annual meeting on the Rohee Fiasco and the results of the Vote of No Confidence!

  • Cyril Balkaran  On October 11, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Yes Marc what kind of a wake you want your Guyanese Compatriots to hold. Certainly you may be old enough to tell us of the days of the Community Vigilante wake when the entire nation kept wake by turns, You remember when terror ruled the land and all your countrymen and women kept wake. Is that the wake you want my brother for your beloved Guyana. You remember Michael fairbain of the Charmichael Street guest house who reigned terror in Georgetown by night, so we had to keep wake.

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