Daily Archives: December 23, 2018

Stabroek News – Editorial: Guyana’s Government Loses No-confidence vote

Stabroek News: Editorial: No-confidence vote

It is heartening that President Granger and his government have immediately accepted the outcome of the vote and have committed to complying with the constitutional stipulations. This bodes well for the country. Both APNU+AFC and the PPP/C must immediately engage in outreaches to their constituencies and explain what has transpired, reiterate the need for calm and begin engaging their supporters on the way forward.          Continue reading

Guyana: Liberal and Justice Party (LJP) to launch in January 2019

Lenox Shuman brings forward party launch date

Lenox Shuman

The launch date of the new political party called the The Liberal and Justice Party (LJP), founded by Lenox Shuman, former vice chairman of the National Toshaos Council (NTC), has been brought forward by a month and will now be launched in mid-January.

Shuman told Stabroek News yesterday that in view of the approval of the no confidence motion against the government in the National Assembly on Friday night, the launch will now be in January. “No later than mid-January,” he said.

Tears, Fears and All as a Government Falls – By Yvonne Sam

Tears, Fears and All as a Government Falls

By Yvonne Sam

The Coalition may be heading for perdition.  Is the prospect of oil the real spoil?

My country ‘tis of thee I don’t like what I see and hear– That the end of the present government draw near.  In an unexpectedly blindsided move, Alliance For Change member, Charrandass Persaud sided with the People’s Progressive Party/Civic on a no confidence motion. Such an action brought about the collapse of the coalition Government and forced early elections.  No one saw it coming— the shot in the back, but all felt the impact.  A single vote got their political goat.     Continue reading

Gov’t will abide by constitutional requirements following no-confidence motion – President

Gov’t will abide by constitutional requirements following no-confidence motion – President

President David Granger, this morning (22 December 2018), said the Government of Guyana will abide by the stipulations which have been imposed on it  following the passing of the no-confidence motion last night in the National Assembly.

In a statement from the Ministry of the Presidency the President said that his government will embark on discussions with its coalition partners the Alliance For Change (AFC) and those who are part of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).          Continue reading

ExxonMobil pauses seismic activities after alleged Venezuelan incursion

Stabroek News  – 22 December 2018

ExxonMobil has paused seismic activities on the Stabroek Block after members of the Venezuelan military approached one of the vessels subcontracted by the oil giant to work in Guyana’s territory.

Efforts to reach Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Greenidge for confirmation have so far failed but sources at the Ministry have confirmed that an incident occurred, they would not state whether it involved Venezuela. The Ministry has promised to release a statement on the incident within the next few hours.

Meanwhile a press release from the company stated that activities on the Stabroek Block have been paused until they can be safely continued.

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Guyana: The Government’s Fall Was Always A Distinct Possibility – by Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

Posted on December 22, 2018 – by Ralph Ramkarran – Conversation Tree Blog

What transpired in the National Assembly on Friday evening was always a distinct possibility, with the Government’s one seat majority. Election results mean something. In 2011, the electorate told the PPP/C that it wants that party to join in a coalition to manage the affairs of the nation. The PPP/C ignored the message. The electorate removed it from office in 2015. Then it proceeded to give the APNU+AFC coalition a mere one seat majority.

This conveyed another message – that the APNU+AFC coalition government should proceed cautiously and engage with the Opposition.             Continue reading

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