PPPC must go to parliament and demonstrate national unity against Venezuela- IAC

PPPC must go to parliament and demonstrate national unity against Venezuela- IAC

Tuesday, 16 June 2015 23:48 -Written by 

In the face of intensified aggression by Venezuela to lay claim over the Essequibo Region, the Indian Arrival Committee (IAC) on Tuesday called on the main opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) in the National Assembly and send a unified message to Guyana’s western neighbour.

“The IAC recognizes that at this critical juncture in the history of Guyana, the PPP must take up its 32 seats in the National Assembly and present a united front with the coalition government against the brazenly immoral claims of belligerent Venezuela,” said the IAC which is closely aligned to the PPP. 

The IAC urged the PPP to pursue initiatives immediately in order to defend Guyana’s national interest as defined in terms of independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity against the threat of external interference by Venezuela.

They “urged the PPP to understand that the destabilization of the APNU+AFC Coalition government by external forces would automatically lead to the demise of the former itself.”

The IAC’s call came against the background of Venezuela unilaterally annexing all coastal waters off the Essequibo Coast as its maritime territory. The unilaterally re-drawn maritime boundary now takes in ExxonMobil’s offshore concession where that American company recently found a “significant” deposit of high quality crude oil. Guyana has since announced plans to ask the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon to find a judicial resolution to the matter.

According to the IAC, the PPPC must desist from acts of resistance and instead recognise the A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) government

The body is insisting that the 23-year rulers turned opposition, take up their seats in Parliament and and provide the necessary oversight.”…the PPP should not embark upon a policy of non-cooperation and civil disobedience following the recently held general and regional elections but should pursue one of critical support for the new administration.”

“The IAC believes that the PPP should give critical support to the APNU+AFC Coalition government for any progressive measure related to those activities, programs and policies that would achieve national cohesion under the “One Nation” rubric of national development but oppose any reactionary moves and criticize all shortcomings.”

The PPP has refused to occupy its 32 seats in the 65-seat House, claiming that the May 11, 2015 general and regional elections were fraudulent.
The international community and major Western missions, however, say that the PPPC has failed to produce any compelling evidence of electoral fraud. The PPPC plans to file an elections petition in the High Court now that the results have been published in the Official Gazette.

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  • de castro  On 06/17/2015 at 3:47 am

    It is better to be a “good” loser than a “bad” winner as in sport when both sides
    offer the handshake to their winners/losers. One of the few “colonial” traditions
    that should be upheld in courts/parliament. Democracy in practice.😇

    A government is as good as its opposition.

    Both sides represented with “free voting” in formulating laws of the land.

    Come on PPPC don’t be coy but live to fight another day.
    Don’t behave like bad losers !😈

  • BenK  On 06/17/2015 at 5:45 am

    Their behaviour is not like bad losers, but more of ignorance, and with no integrity.

  • Restorer  On 06/17/2015 at 6:54 am

    The PPPC should go to parliament. They represent a sizeable portion of our population and cannot let us down. The country cannot move forward in a climate of continuous civil disobedience. What gave the coalition the edge at this election was the promise of inclusive governance.

  • chandra k singh  On 06/17/2015 at 10:34 am

    First off. There is no inclusive government here. All we see is divisiveness and vindictiveness and lies being peddled on Guyanese. People have to understand it’s not the PPP that wants to boycott parliament..it’s at their 200,000 plus supporters that is pushing for this. WHY DOES GECOM AND APNU DO NOT WANT THE VOTES TO BE RECOUNTED?? LET’S RECOUNT AND VERIFY WHO HAD THE EDGE. WHERE IS THE INCLUSIVENESS/?? YES, A TOKEN VERY FEW…ARE WE THE 200.000 PLUS ALL IGNORANT?

  • Thinker  On 06/17/2015 at 9:37 pm

    Once and for all Guyana must have an independent civil service. Anything short of that will cause endless problems. The PPP in 1992 felt it couldn’t trust the Civil Service and they got rid of a whole lot of people and replaced them with people they could trust, especially in foreign affairs.Those retained were all Indo-Guyanese The new government .feels that it must get rid of all the obvious, know PPP party hacks. Let’s try for an independent civil service as part of a general meritocracy.

  • Gigi  On 06/17/2015 at 10:44 pm

    “They “urged the PPP to understand that the destabilization of the APNU+AFC Coalition government by external forces would automatically lead to the demise of the former itself.””

    The PPP/C govt had and probably still retains good relations with the Venezuelan govt so there will be no demise of the PPP/C. On the other hand, the demise of the illegally selected APNU+AFC is a most welcome outcome.

    The PPP/C needs to remain on the sidelines and watch the spectacle as it unfolds. The PPP/c supporters stands strong with the PPP/C and urge them not to cave to those urging them to act docile and weak in this test of valiant honour.

    All the APNU+AFC knows is violence, brutality and how to cheat. Let’s see them apply those behaviors to intimidate the Venezuelans.

    Viva Venezuela!

    • Thinker  On 06/17/2015 at 11:48 pm

      The PPP only tends to have good relations with fraternal parties. You are sadly mistaken if you think that thye Venezuelans would have acted any differently with the PPP remaining in power. In the meantime enjoy learning to dance the Joropo made up of European, Amerindian and African elements. You might try avoiding the African part. Enjoy! Cut your nose to spite your face!

  • de castro  On 06/18/2015 at 3:13 am

    In UK we have an “independent” civil service.
    No matter which party is elected nationally the “administration” remains intact
    especially at the higher end of the heiracy.
    In local government also this situation is similar.
    There is no “curryfavour” in allocation of government contracts as most bidding
    is discussed publicly before decision is voted on by both sides.
    Openness transparency in government at local and national levels.
    There is a “lobby” for more “power” at local level by locally elected
    councillors. Local decisions that affect the local populace…does make sense.
    Most local government operate on a fixed budget allocated by central government but local taxes are used locally….referred to as “council tax”
    to improve local services. Income tax is paid directly to central government.
    Every department of government must operate with budget restraints or
    we have a “spending” frenzie…..free for all.
    Local elections held annually
    National elections every 5 years….there is a “lobby” to reduce to 4 years and decision on date/time fixed.

    Guyana is its embrioic stage of democracy/development but how “fast forward” this becomes reality only “time will tell”

    We must remain positively optimistic for guyana s future generations.
    Less bickering/back biting/looking backward….we must move forward.

    Viv la vida
    Que sera

  • kiskadee70  On 06/18/2015 at 8:58 pm

    The PPP (Prolonging Perpetual Poverty) is still licking their wounds. I was victimized by these hoodlums (1996-1998) and I know quite well what some these demon controlled power drunk pricks are capable of doing. Sad to say they are all now dead, screaming in hell, begging for forgiveness but it’s too late now. The others who are still alive are no better – self centered egoistic power-drunk squids who don’t care a damn about the people who placed their confidence in them

    Now that their sources of free money stolen from our peoples’ coffers through clandestine, underhand and corrupt means are all dried up and their chickens are coming home to roost it has now become too embarrassing for them to show their faces in the national assembly. This action alone says it all – the people can go to Timbuktu for all they care. They have very little (if any at all) to contribute towards nation building and leading this country out of poverty into prosperity for all Guyanese.

    I hope that the new administration will weed out all corrupt Judases and let our people get involved in all major decision making with transparency and accountability being our main watch-words while we move our nation towards self sufficiency, relying mostly on our own resources, eating what we produce, minimizing our imports as we seek markets for our surpluses. Too many good stuff in our country go to waste and our farmers, small, medium and large need all the help that our government can direct their way. The time is drawing near when severe famine will wreak havoc all over the world. What are we doing to safeguard our peoples’ survival? Our farmers need better treatment and so are our dedicated teachers who are the corner stones of nation building. No politics in our schools, please. All must be treated fairly. No two steps forward and ten steps backwards either. All our steps must go forward.

    I said my piece. Now only time will reveal the path we have taken.

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