Guyana Elections 2015: Can younger generations end the nation’s racial politics? – By Rosaliene Bacchus

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Parliament Buildings - Georgetown - GuyanaParliament Buildings – Georgetown – Guyana
Source: Guyana Government Information Agency (GINA)

After suspending the nation’s Parliament last November to avoid a no-confidence vote, Guyana President Donald Ramotar finally made the long-awaited announcement. General and regional elections will take place on May 11, 2015.

Official representatives from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom stationed in Guyana released a joint-statement applauding the announcement. “We are hopeful that the upcoming electoral process will allow the Guyanese people to debate the important issues that are facing the country. We are committed to working with GECOM [Guyana Electoral Commission], all political parties, and civil society to support free, fair and peaceful elections,” they stated.

Since the 1950s, when working class Guyanese came together to demand independence from Great Britain, the nation’s politics evolved along racial lines of the majority Indo- and Afro-Guyanese populations. In power since 1992, the ruling party enjoys…

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  • Thinker  On January 25, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    The simple answer is no. It is not a matter of race simply, but of culture. Any society which has major cultural cleavages will have a problem. Yugoslavia after Tito is a clear example. Even the Ukraine can serve as another. The winner take all mindset is what we have to work against.

    • Rosaliene Bacchus  On January 25, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      Thinker, thanks for sharing your insights on Guyana’s political gridlock. Dr. David HInds, in his article featured on this blog, also raises another valid issue at play. Who should or could lead a majority coalition government: a black or East Indian? A complicated issue.

      The future of Guyana lies in the hands of the younger generations. Together or separate. They have to choose. Both will require sacrifice.

      • Alex  On January 29, 2015 at 5:21 pm

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=968hXMBKGzM My advice is for you guys to think really fast and get out of the race argument. While you’ve been busy with distraction created by the top 10 gay elites of the world and military might, your children have been taken, you liberties enslaved and you world turned upside down. Mothers have died by the trillions and still no avail to the true nature of wealth, empires, lies, politics, divisions. India and Africa have been mixed for over 20,000 yrs. 2,000 yrs ago they didn’t mix bc the incest created a mutated gene. So Gay military white men have been ruling for at least 10,000 years.

  • albert  On January 25, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Rosaliene:………”Who should or could lead a majority coalition government: a black or East Indian? A complicated issue”……..

    Dont think its the race but what is in the person’s heart that matters.. There are many awaiting to put millions in the hands of whosoever is in power. Of a Black and Indian leader which would be not so honest?

    • Rosaliene Bacchus  On January 26, 2015 at 1:55 pm

      Albert, so true: race is only one variable of Guyana’s political crisis. Corruption and greed lie at the root of inequality in Guyana, Brazil, the USA, and worldwide. Left unchecked, our greed will bring down our civilization.

      All are involved! All are consumed! (Martin Carter)

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