INTERVIEW – By President Dr. Irfaan Ali – made before his swearing-in as President

In an interview days before his swearing-in as President, Dr Ali spoke with the News Room’s Neil Marks about his immediate areas of focus.


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  • kamtanblog  On 08/04/2020 at 3:00 am

    Promises ! Promises !

    Actions speak better than words. Am not holding my breadth !

    Let’s see how many “anti corruption laws”
    are debated passed and instituted by parliament in first session. When “corruption” is pandemic in society it will take strong leadership to correct
    “Smart to cheat”
    “Clever to thief”
    embedded in guyanese culture !
    Early days !


  • William  On 08/04/2020 at 8:39 am

    “The first 100 days we have to have….we have to have….we have to have” In all those “have to haves” no mention of the most important matter that was the bone of contention in the calling of this election. The revamping and total cleaning up of the voters list so that going forward, there will be no doubt as to the winner of the next election. In order for his government to achieve all the wonderful things he talked about the voters list must be a priority or else they will find themselves right back to where they were 5 months ago come the next election.

    • Kman  On 08/05/2020 at 12:04 pm

      All of Guyana needs revamping. Corruption, favouritism, bias, one law for the rich and connected, and another harsher one for the poor, and the list goes on.

      And don’t get me started with GECOM.

      GECOM should be totally non partisan

  • William  On 08/04/2020 at 11:16 am

    I see that I’m not the only one who thinks that the cleaning up of the voters list and reforming the Constitution should be this governments urgent priority.

    As stated by the Carter Center “It is critical that key leaders in Guyana now reach across the divide and work to ensure that fundamental electoral and constitutional reforms are completed as an urgent priority, well before the next election.

    APNU cannot leave this critical issue in the hands of the PPP government to deal with because it will be brushed aside as they move on with what they feel are their priorities. They have to make sure that in their discussions with the new government it is made abundantly clear that nothing short of getting the next election right will be acceptable to APNU and their supporters. Whatever it is that the PPP feel is in the best interest of Guyana will be for naught because the divide will become even stronger than it is now if they don’t move on what the Carter Center has suggested.

    The new President says he wants a Guyana that sophisticated investors will be confident in investing in….well there’s only one way to do that…..HAVE ELECTIONS THAT ARE NOT FRAUDULENT so that Guyana remains a true, united, democratic nation. The world will be watching this government. Actions speak louder than words.

    • Georgy Porgy  On 08/04/2020 at 12:15 pm

      William I’m in total agreement.

      • Brother Man  On 08/04/2020 at 12:52 pm

        I agree that Guyana needs electoral reform. Every Guyanese’s vote should count. You can’t have people like Mingo and Lowenfield in charge. They are the ones who were trying to pull a fast one. Let’s call a spade a spade.

        Constitutional amendment pertaining to the Elections Act is a must to ensure that the country doesn’t go through this madness again. The whole world a laugh at awhee. They think we backwards.

        I’m glad that in the end it all ended peacefully. I was worried about rioting. But the Guyanese people are wise. Hats off to all!

        Brother Man

  • William  On 08/04/2020 at 3:15 pm

    Brother Man you can believe what you want but there was a lot more in the mortar beside the pestle. It might take years as these things have a way of not coming to light for many years, but it all will at some time or the other.

    • Brother Man  On 08/04/2020 at 3:27 pm

      I see you speaking in parables. There may be a higher calling awaiting. Peace.

      Brother Man

    • Kman  On 08/05/2020 at 12:10 pm

      Sure things will come to light, just like how it came to light during LFSB times.

      • Brother Man  On 08/05/2020 at 2:57 pm

        You tell de plain truth, kman. Ain’t nothing wrong with that.

        Brother Man

  • Ishwar Prashad  On 08/05/2020 at 12:03 pm

    This an opportunity to correct some longstanding problems. It is time to make people regain trust in government. “Governer c’est choisir” Make good/ appropriate choices, so the people do not continue to suffer. GOOD LUCK. .

  • brandli62  On 08/13/2020 at 5:22 am

    After listing to it twice, I conclude that this is a rather disappointing interview. Lots of hot air and no clear strategy is declared how to reform the election process by working with the opposition. I would have also like to hear his position on renewable energy and where he sees the priorities with regard to oil and gas sector. It’s also rather strange to hear how grateful he is to the PPP and its president for being allowed to run for President. The President should stand above party presidents and earned his position by convincing the people that he or her is the best candidate for the position.

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