Tag Archives: APNU-AFC

Guyana: The image of unity and balance – commentary

Guyana: The image of unity and balance

Jun 21, 2016  Kaieteur News Features / ColumnistsPeeping Tom 

Opinion - commentary -analysisThe government needs to remind itself, constantly, that it is a one seat government and that this one seat was only made possible because of the decision of the APNU and the AFC to join in a coalition to contest the elections of 2015.

The APNU needs to remind itself that while it is incontestable that it brought the most votes to the coalition that without the support of the AFC, it would not have been in government today.
It is important, from this perspective that the government continues to project a unified image. It is important that where APNU is seen, the AFC is also seen.

There is also the need to project a multi-ethnic image. The AFC helps to serve this purpose since it is believed that its presence in the coalition allowed sufficient numbers of East Indians to vote for the coalition to allow it to cross over the 50% mark and thus gain the Presidency.   Continue reading

Guyana Elections 2015: APNU+AFC promises to set up Special Fund for natural resources

Opposition coalition promises to set up Special Fund for natural resources

Sunday, 10 May 2015 01:01 – Written by  Denis Scott Chabrol – Demerara Waves

A section of the APNU+AFC's attendees at the coalition's rally.

A section of the APNU+AFC’s attendees at the coalition’s rally.. … Click to Enlarge

Just days after authorities announced that Exxon-Mobil, an American oil giant has found hydrocarbons offshore Guyana but was yet to determine if it was in commercial quantities, the leader of the opposition coalition, David Granger announced that if he wins next Monday’s General Elections government would stash away some of the earnings from the natural resources sector for future generations.

“I am talking about putting the profits coming out of gold and diamonds, coming out of timber and coming out of petroleum and any other mineral discovered in this country but the profits will go into a Sovereign Wealth Fund to benefit future generations,” Granger told a mammoth gathering at a rally held  at the Square of the Revolution by A Partnership for National Unity+ Alliance For Change (APNU+ AFC)Continue reading

APNU+AFC promises-salary hike for law enforcers; gun amnesty, crackdown on corruption, drugs

APNU+AFC promises hefty salary hike for law enforcers; gun amnesty, crackdown on corruption, drugs

Thursday, 23 April 2015 21:27 –  Written by   -CND

The opposition coalition A Partnership for National Unity+ Alliance For Change (APNU+ AFC) is promising a 20 percent salary hike for all law enforcement officers in the first year, and a crack down on white collar crime, drug trafficking and illegal guns.

With the starting salary of constables just around GY$60,000 (US$300), the coalition hopes that an initial 20 percent hike in salaries will be among several measures that will help policemen and women go after criminals. “Public security is the bedrock of a safe human society and the crime situation is both the most pressing and most depressing problem facing ordinary Guyanese today,” says the grouping in its 44-page manifesto.   Continue reading

Guyana Elections: Jagdeo warns US visas will be hard to get if opposition elected

Jagdeo warns US visas will be hard to get if opposition elected

Former President Bharat JagdeoMonday, 30 March 2015 – Written by 

Sunday’s rally marked the official commencement of the party’s election campaign ahead of the May 11 general and regional elections.

Former president Bharat Jagdeo told a rally in Kitty on Sunday that the opposition parties, if elected into power, will create adverse conditions which will force Guyanese to apply for visas in increasing numbers, thereby forcing the United States (U.S.) Embassy in Guyana to clamp down on visa distribution here.

As hundreds of Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) supporters, decked in their white and/or red tops, listened intently, cheering for him ever so often, the former president outlined several predictions which did not adduce evidence to substantiate.
Continue reading

THE PPP’S CHALLENGES – By Ralph Ramkarran

THE PPP’S CHALLENGES – By Ralph Ramkarran

Posted on February 28, 2015  by Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

The responses of the PPP to The Cummingsburg Accord by APNU and the AFC were a declaration by President Ramotar that it is a ‘farce’ and the unleashing of Ms. Elizabeth Harper as its prime ministerial candidate. The first reaction was bravado. The second had real substance. Ms. Harper has credentials – ability, integrity, experience, dedication – and her agreement to adorn the PPP’s ticket will add lustre to its appeal. If anything, it is the PPP that will damage Ms. Harper’s credibility. The silence they have imposed on her is a mistake. Ms. Harper’s qualities need to be on public display.

Having looked at the potential for the opposition coalition last week, some thoughts about the PPP’s prospects may be of interest. Facing the task of recovering lost support after 22 years in office, the PPP’s image badly needs to be enhanced with new faces like Ms. Harper’s, however limited the possibilities may be. Continue reading

No unlawful action should be taken against law-abiding citizens – Granger urges police, army

No unlawful action should be taken against law-abiding citizens – Granger urges police, army

November 13, 2014 · By Stabroek News editor ·  Comment    1

David Granger

David Granger

Leader of the Opposition, David Granger has called on the heads of the police force and army not to allow their forces to be drawn into “unlawful actions” against law-abiding citizens.

The statement today came on the eve of a rally by APNU and the AFC set for tomorrow at the Square of the Revolution and what Granger said was signs of stepped up training by the police force in the city.

Granger’s statement follows:   Continue reading

Ramotar to call General elections if opposition pushes no-confidence motion

Ramotar to call General elections if opposition pushes no-confidence motion; Local Govt elections possibly next year

Tuesday, 04 November 2014 – Demerara Waves –  by 

President Ramotar

President Donald Ramotar

Guyana’s President, Donald Ramotar Tuesday night (November 4, 2014), announced that general and regional elections would be held soon if the opposition refuses to deal with important national issues on the parliamentary agenda when the National Assembly resumes sittings on Monday and instead pushes ahead with its no-confidence motion.

“I disclose these, my intentions, on the assumption that the post recess sittings of the National Assembly would proceed uninterruptedly, deliberating on the urgent matters I have listed in the interest of the people of Guyana.

I also wish to declare that were this not to be so, and I am provided with reasons to believe that the Parliamentary Opposition intends to disrupt Government’s business by forcing a debate on their No Confidence Motion, I resolve to respond immediately by exercising my Constitutional options to either Prorogue or Dissolve Parliament paving the way for holding of General Elections,” he said in an address to the nation.  Continue reading

General election looms as APNU decides to support AFC’s no-confidence motion

General election looms as APNU decides to support AFC’s no-confidence motion

Tuesday, 05 August 2014 – by   – Demerara Waves

Parliament Building where the opposition's no-confidence motion will be debated and more than likely passed. Parliament Building where the opposition’s no-confidence motion will be debated and more than likely passed.

Guyanese could return to the polls later this year in an early general election after Tuesday’s decision by the opposition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) to support the Alliance For Change’s (AFC) no-confidence motion against the Donald Ramotar administration.

The Constitution states that on the House’s approval of a no-confidence motion, the President and Cabinet have to resign and make way for general and regional elections within three months.   Continue reading

Budget 2013: Opposition frustrated with Gov’t consultations – video

Opposition continues to express frustration with the efforts of the Government to hold meaningful consultations

Capitol News – February 11, 2013: The main opposition party A Partnership For National Unity, APNU, believes that the 2013 budget is in an advanced stage, despite budgetary talks with the opposition parties. The Budget is schedule to be presented by March 30 to the National Assembly.

Opposition Leader David Granger said efforts to have a collective input from the parliamentary parties, the APNU and the AFC seem to be heading down hill.   Continue reading