Constitutional Reform + Opposition Unity- by Ralph Ramkarran

Here are two commentaries by Ralph Ramkarran:

CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM NEEDS POLITICAL CONSENSUS – By Ralph Ramkarran

    Saturday, 20th December 2014  7:00 pm

A constitution defines the basic laws, structures for governance and rights and responsibilities under which a society is organized. A constitution needs to be changed when some or all of its rules no longer reflect the popular will or when they have been overtaken after the effluxion of time. Suggestions for reform of the constitution, therefore, reflect a view that it is in need of restructuring.

The recent proposals of the AFC announced by its Chair, Mr. Nigel Hughes, at the party’s recent conference suggests that the structure of our executive and legislature, and the relationship between them, need to be altered. These proposals add to those already in circulation, offered by other persons. There is also substantial writing and academic material on record on situations like Guyana’s. This debate will gather steam and climb to the top of the agenda only when the political conditions mature.

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OPPOSITION UNITY – By Ralph Ramkarran 

   Saturday, 13th December 2014  7:00 pm

For some who oppose the PPP, an alliance of opposition political parties to contest elections has always been a prime objective. The AFC brought that reality closer at its conference last weekend when Party Leader, Khemraj Ramjattan, in a departure from previous policy, offered the AFC as the leader of a pro-democracy opposition alliance of trade unions, civil society, disaffected PPP members and APNU to contest the upcoming general elections. APNU’s leaders welcomed the initiative but appeared to be less than enthusiastic.

History and political realities suggest that opposition unity would be difficult to achieve. The pre-1992 efforts between the constituent parties of the PCD (Patriotic Coalition for Democracy), the WPA being one, did not succeed. There have never been any substantial alliances that have made a political difference and have endured. The first major, informal alliance between classes and individuals in Guyana’s politics was in 1950 under the banner of the PPP. But this was not a structural alliance between different, organized, groups. It failed anyway.    Read more 

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Comments

  • gigi  On December 26, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Why the PPP would want to join forces with either of the 2 main opposition forces is beyond me. PNC/APNU has done so much damage to Guyana and the Guyanese people it is a wonder we are still existing, never mind that we’re viewed as prehistoric creatures and a major freak show for the world to gape at in stupefied incredulity. Guyana has been shamed and disgraced enough by the likes of the idiots hand picked by the US and UK whose aim is to keep robbing Guyana blind so that their citizens can live fat, stupid and happy while the Guyanese people are forced to live miserably in abject poverty. We need another Marcus Garvey to promote another Africa for Africans movement. Let these folks move back to Africa and give it away to their colonial masters. The true Guyanese will keep Guyana for Guyanese…

    • albert  On December 26, 2014 at 5:24 pm

      Could understand how it is dear. Everyone is happy and enjoying the holidays while you are burdened with hate and anger of Africans. It must be very difficult for you during these happy days.

      • Thinker  On December 28, 2014 at 1:28 pm

        Note how the hypocrites ignore all that is insulting to Blacks. Try talking about ethnic cleansing of any other group. e.g in the Caribbean, and you will see the fuss which would have been made. But let Gigi’s racism become more obvious to all. The silence of the “untrue Guyanese” lambs will lead to their further downfall.

  • Thinker  On December 26, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Here we go again with Gigi’s virulent racism. Just who are the “true Guyanese”? One guess.

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