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President Granger announces Changes in Government Ministries

President David Granger

Address by …His Excellency Brigadier David Granger

President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana

Fellow Guyanese,

The Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana is the country’s supreme law. Adherence to the Constitution is an essential element of democratic governance and the maintenance of public trust.  Your Government is committed to upholding the Constitution unreservedly.

The Chief Justice, in the case of Compton Reid v. Speaker of the National Assembly et al, declared, on 31st January 2019, that it was unconstitutional for a person holding dual citizenship to be elected as a Member of Parliament. This ruling was affirmed by a majority decision of the Court of Appeal on 22ndMarch 2019.          Continue reading

THE ARTS JOURNAL Volume 7 Numbers 1 & 2 (2011)


THE ARTS JOURNAL Volume 7 Numbers 1 & 2 (2011)

Review by Nigel Westmaas

Nigel Westmaas is Assistant Professor of Africana Studies

at Hamilton College, a liberal arts University in New York.

Keeping an arts journal (or for that matter any journal) alive and active is a traditionally difficult commission in Guyana. By the standards of journals and periodicals of any kind Timehri, Kyk-Over-al and Kaie are the three way ahead of the rest in terms of durability. Timehri has the record with a century of publication. Kyk-Over-Al, more exclusively cultural in content than Timehri, was started by the British Guiana Writers Association in 1945 and was still being maintained, with the occasional lapse, until the late 1990s. Fifty years plus! A remarkable record by any standard.

Download:  THE ARTS JOURNAL Volume 7 Review

High Court dumps Attorney General’s parliamentary committees case

High Court dumps Attorney General’s parliamentary committees case

May 2., 2012 – Demerara Waves –

The High Court on Wednesday threw out a case brought by Attorney General, Anil Nandlall, saying it had no legal power to determine the proportional composition of Committees of the National Assembly.

“It therefore does appear that the complaint of the Attorney General has been made to the wrong forum. The forum for a complaint of this nature is the National Assembly itself and not the court,” Chief Justice, Ian Chang said in a 30-page decision.           Continue reading

Opposition satisfied with briefing on Amaila Falls

Opposition satisfied with briefing on Amaila Falls

(Demerara Waves) – March 14, 2012

Amaila Falls Hydro-power plant

Guyana’s two opposition parties Wednesday night (March 14, 2012),  expressed satisfaction with government’s explanation about plans to build the US$840 million Amaila Falls Hydro-power plant but at least one party says the talks do not amount to a rubber-stamp.

Using its one-seat majority in the National Assembly, the combined opposition has been flexing its muscles in demanding details from government about several major projects. The decision to provide as much information as possible was made at tripartite meetings among the government and the opposition during the past several weeks.

Alliance For Change (AFC) Executive member, Gerhard Ramsaroop and A Partnership for National Unity’s (APNU) Vice Chairman, Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine both welcomed the openness during the presentation on the 165 megawatt facility. The briefing was done mainly by Head of the Privatisation Unit, Winston Brassington.    Continue reading

APNU says: “Significant discrepancies in Statements of Poll”

APNU says significant discrepancies in SOPs, wants hardcopies

Demerara Waves – January 3, 2012

The opposition coalition, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) says it was unable to reconcile the electronic copies of the elections Statements of Poll (SOPs) it received from the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) with its own because of a significant number of discrepancies.

A letter to GECOM Chairman Dr. Steve Surujbally dated December 30, 2011 was released to the media by the APNU on Tuesday in which the coalition stated its position.

“After a full and careful examination, we have found it impossible to reconcile the two sets of SOPs since in a significant number of instances the SOPs are not identical, which, you will concede, they ought to be,” the missive from APNU’s Election Agent Joseph Harmon read.

APNU senior member Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine was reluctant to comment on the nature of the discrepancies when contacted by Demerara Waves Online News (www.demerarawaves.com).

“There are issues having to do with ballot box numbers not being equivalent you know, little variances, we’ll provide a list of them at the end but what I want to do is to be able to check them out. I don’t want us to go public and say there are such massive variations because they look massive but they require further work for us to complete our assessment,” he said.   Read More

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Greene proceeds on leave in wake of rape allegation

Greene proceeds on leave in wake of rape allegation; opposition, women lawyers welcome decision

Demerara Waves: December 17, 2011

Commissioner of the Guyana Police Force Henry Greene has proceeded on leave as an investigation gets underway into a rape allegation levelled against him earlier this week

The announcement came via the Government Information Agency (GINA) and amidst strident calls from opposition parties and interest groups for him to either resign or step aside so that an unimpeded investigation could be done.

According to a GINA release on Saturday, President Ramotar has acceeded to Greene’s request for leave in light of the allegation against him with Assistant Commissioner Leroy Brumell to serve as Commissioner in the interim.  Continue reading

APNU sees discrepancies in the Statements of Poll

APNU sees discrepancies in the Statements of Poll

Demerara Waves – December 15, 2011

A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) says there are discrepancies between the records of the Statements of Poll (SoPs) provided by the Guyana Elections Commission and its own of the  November 28 polls and it intends to pursue them.

At an APNU news briefing on Thursday coalition official Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine urged reporters to await the final report from the verification exercise which is expected to be completed Friday evening. The party had earlier said it expected the exercise to be finished by midweek.

“I don’t want to give you partial findings; what I can tell you is that there have been a number of inconsistencies, anomalies which we are attempting to pursue and attempting to analyse, that much I can say. There has not been a complete convergence and in that regard we don’t at this moment wish to speculate on either the scale of that convergence or lack of convergence and what its implications are,” Dr. Roopnaraine stated.     Read More

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APNU Last Lap Rally – November 26 – reports

Guyana going green for Granger – Dr. Roopnaraine

Demerara Waves – November 27, 2011

Opposition coalition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) believes that Guyanese have caught on to the ‘green’ craze created by its presidential candidate retd. Brigadier David Granger and will conform to it when they go to the polls on Monday.

This conclusion was made by prime ministerial candidate Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine as he addressed thousands of supporters who gathered at the Square of the Revolution Saturday night for APNU’s final rally.

“The river of green has come to the Square of the Revolution and look how it is overflowing the banks … Granger planted green in every region and it is flowing through the entire country,” he declared.   Read more

APNU’s Final Rally (Photos with captions)     Stabroek News – November 27, 2011  A section of the crowd at the final rally before elections at the Square of the Revolution last night (Photo by Anjuli Persaud)

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APNU makes pitch for Disciplined Forces votes

APNU makes pitch for Disciplined Forces votes

November 19, 2011 – Demerara Waves

A Partnership for National Unity Friday night used its New Amsterdam rally to appeal to the disciplined forces who will vote on Monday, a week ahead of the rest of the voting populace.

“The working people in uniform in this country like all the working people … they can’t wait until the 21st to go and cast their vote and I am confident that the masses of our sisters and brothers in uniform will go on the 21st and cast their vote next to the hand (APNU symbol) and vote APNU,” prime ministerial candidate Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine told a police estimated 6,000-strong crowd.

According to him, they will vote for the coalition, because an APNU government would not ask them to “keep their hands off the criminals.”

“We’ll be equipping them and encouraging them to lock up the criminals,” he stated. Dr. Roopnaraine added that they will increase the salaries of the police so that they can have a decent life without the resort to corruption.   Read more

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No beatings, kerosene dousing at PPPC meeting in Victoria– police

No beatings, kerosene dousing at PPPC meeting in Victoria– police sources

November 17, 2011 – Demerara Waves

Police on Thursday confirmed that someone fired gunshots at a tension-filled meeting Friday night by the ruling party in Victoria Village but disputed claims by the party that five persons were beaten and attempts were made to set one of them alight.

The opposition coalition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) on Thursday said it was “appalled” by the PPPC’s lies and called media reports of kerosene dousing “dangerous and an attempt to incite violence.” APNU prime ministerial candidate, Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine urged his supporters to remain calm as the “heat” rises.

“We do not believe that disruption and violence are in the interest of the APNU” he added.  Read more

Also read this update:

Police probing assault, kerosene dousing of PPPC supporters in Victoria

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