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GUYANA: Politics: Aubrey Norton Is At A Fork In The Road – By Ralph Ramkarran

The fundamental objective of a political party is to gain political office and implement its policies for the benefit of the country. After months of grueling effort, Aubrey Norton has finally succeeded in overcoming ‘factionalism’ in the PNC by being nominated for a seat in the National Assembly and being elected as Opposition Leader. The word ‘factionalism’ is adopted from an editorial in Village Voice, an internet newspaper that is generally sympathetic to the Opposition. It discussed Norton’s journey from candidate to Opposition Leader.

It is generally difficult in Guyana to interrogate factionalism in the PPP and PNC because information about internal differences of opinion is unavailable or unreliable. In the case of Mr. Norton’s rise to the leadership of the PNC, it is a bit easier because  Continue reading

APNU+AFC campaign launches Election Campaign 2020

— Will tackle Constitutional reform and target no-confidence motion provision- Granger

President David Granger and other top coalition supporters and executive members on stage at D’urban Park during the launch of the 2020 general elections campaign,

A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) presidential candidate, David Granger on Friday night disclosed that constitutional reform would seek to alter the no-confidence motion provisions that the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) invoked one year ago.“We are going to reform the constitution so that that nonsense they tried for us in the last twelve months doesn’t happen again,” he told thousands of supporters who were mobilised from across the country to attend the event at D’urban Park, Georgetown.

Certain provisions of Guyana’s constitution, however, require two-thirds support of the 65-member National Assembly.  Continue reading

Guyana: The January 1969 Rupununi ‘Uprising’ recalled – 50 years later

The Rupununi ‘Uprising’ recalled, 50 years later – The events of January 2 to 4, 1969

Unprecedented! That was a word on the lips of Guyanese when, fifty years ago this Wednesday, January 2, the Rupununi region hit the news headline with a bang; in fact several bangs. They were gunshots, reverberating throughout the country, echoing from neighbouring Venezuela and across the Takutu into Brazil; shaking the complacency of many urban Guyanese to whom that sprawling locale was little more than an isolated adjunct to our coastal communities. When the dust had settled, literally, at least six persons lay dead in Lethem, including five police officers.     Continue reading

Sugar workers sacking politically, racially motivated- Jagdeo; President’s Office: race-baiting is PPP’s “essential plank”

Bharrat Jagdeo

Urging sacked sugar workers to get registered in the right districts to vote for the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) at the 2020 general election, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo accused the David Granger-led administration of sending them home because of racial and political reasons.

Addressing hundreds of workers at Enterprise Community Centre, East Coast Demerara,  Jagdeo said government’s decision to make the 4,763 sugar workers redundant, which would adversely impact on at least 30,000 persons, was aimed at forcing a section of the PPP’s East Indian support base to leave Guyana.  Continue reading

CARICOM leaders briefed on political situation in Suriname

CARICOM leaders briefed on political situation in Suriname

Published on July 7, 2016 – Caribbean News Now – By Ray Chickrie -Caribbean News Now contributor

Pbouterse_in_caucus.jpghoto: (L-R): President of Suriname, Desi Bouterse; CARICOM Secretary General, Irwin LaRocque; Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit; and President of Guyana, David Granger

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — The president of Suriname, Desi Bouterse, briefed fellow heads of government attending the 37th Caribbean Community (CARICOM) summit in Guyana about the political and economic setbacks his country is experiencing. He called on leaders to understand the situation in Suriname and reiterated his respect for the democratic process.

Last week, Bouterse halted his trial in relation to the 1982 killing of 15 political opponents during the period when he was military leader, by invoking clause 148 of Suriname’s constitution to end the trial in the interest of “national security”.   Continue reading

Photo: OBAMAS & GRANGERS in New York – Sept 2015


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Guyana’s new government and African allies renew historical ties

Guyana’s new government and African allies renew historical ties

Published on Monday September 28, 2015


Granger meets Kikwete

By Ray Chickrie – Caribbean News Now contributor

NEW YORK, USA — On the sidelines of the 70th United Nations General Assembly in New York, Guyana’s new president, David Granger, is holding a number of bilateral talks with other heads of states, especially from Africa. On Friday, Granger met with Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete. On Saturday, (September 26), he held bilateral talks with the vice president of Angola, Manuel Vicente, and on Sunday (September 27) he was due to meet Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, in an effort to renew ties with traditional African allies.  Continue reading

Venezuela begins cutting ties with Guyana; warns it won’t back down in border dispute

Venezuela begins cutting ties with Guyana; warns it won’t back down in border dispute

Nicolas Maduro


CARACAS, Venezuela, Wednesday July 8, 2015 – “We are victims of dispossession. I say this to our friends and also to our enemies: No one will ever get Venezuela to renounce her historical rights to the Essequibo.”

With those words, and the announcement that Venezuela is recalling its ambassador in Guyana Reyna Margarita Arratia, reviewing relations with that CARICOM nation, and scaling down embassy staff in Georgetown, President Nicolás Maduro sent a strong message to his neighbour that his country would not be backing down from its claims of maritime territory.   Continue reading

APNU+AFC coalition claims victory in Monday’s elections with “commanding lead”

Opposition coalition claims victory in Monday’s elections with “commanding lead”

APNU_AFCdeclare votesTuesday, 12 May 2015 15:41 -Written by   – Demerara Waves

Coalition Presidential candidate, David Granger said that after  counting from 2,025 statements of poll, APNU+AFC has won 182,176 votes compared to 157,947 by the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC)—a commanding lead that “we feel will be difficult to close.”   Continue reading

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