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PPP/C-government trying to bankrupt Guyana – Coalition says

PPP/C-government trying to bankrupt Guyana – Coalition says 

Thursday, 30 April 2015 13:27 – Written by  Demerara Waves

David Granger

Opposition Leader David Granger

by Zena Henry

As the A Partnership for National Unity +Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC) Coalition continues to promise increased wages and salaries, it is pointing to the unauthorized use of public funds by the governing -People’s Progressive Party/Civic’s (PPP/C).

The PPP/C’s main opponent in the upcoming election;- 11 days away- has noted that apart from allegedly siphoning off public money, the ruling-party is also spending state funds excessively, and seems bent on emptying the nationals purse before they demit office.
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Guyana Elections: The return of Mr Jagdeo – commentary

The return of Mr Jagdeo – commentary

Former President Bharat Jagdeo

Former President Bharat Jagdeo

March 23, 2015 · Stabroek News – Editorial

After maintaining public silence for more than three years, former President Jagdeo seized the centre stage earlier this month, first at Babu Jaan on March 8th in a widely reviled presentation and then on March 10th at a hastily convened press conference at Freedom House where he sought to defend his actions but only succeeded in stirring up animosities over his remarks about the Jagans.

Just over two weeks earlier, Mr Jagdeo also featured prominently when President Ramotar mind-bogglingly named him to head up a National Economic Council which one presumes would take off if the PPP/C were returned to office. Why would the President see the need to make this appointment now or to limit his options after the elections are over? Further, it is most unusual for a President to accord his immediate predecessor such an important position in policy making and even rarer for the predecessor to accept. Who would really be running the show? The President or Mr Jagdeo?  Continue reading

Guyana: Capitol TV News Videos – 18 March 2015

Guyana: Capitol TV News Videos – 18 March 2015

  • Courtney Crum-Ewing laid to rest
  • Area Crum-Ewing protested to be renamed in his honour
  • Ramotar’s Office denies Granger not consulted on Top Cop’s appointment
  • Gov’t wants elections observers by April 07
  • Sports

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Courtney Crum-Ewing laid to rest

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Guyana Elections: DISCORDANT NOTES – by Ralph Ramkarran


Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

Posted on March 14, 2015 –  by Ralph Ramkarran

As expected, the events at Babu John attracted wide attention and media coverage. A front page photograph in SN of President Ramotar belting out Bob Marley’s ‘Let’s Get Together’ was in striking contrast to the accusation by Dr. Bharat Jagdeo that during the 2011 elections, the Opposition APNU had sent drummers around calling on their supporters to ‘let’s get the coolies out,’ or words to that effect. Observers heard these two discordant notes, one a plea for unity in song, the other a divisive rant, and several others this past week.

The accusation against the PNCR created a storm and at press appearances, Dr. Jagdeo sought to defend his remarks. The PPP’s complaint is that it is treated unfairly. The media, it claims, focuses on the PPP and ignores the PNC’s historic appeal to racism. The fact is that when either political party appeals to its supporters to vote for its party, in whatever language, it is an appeal that is alleged to be directed to one ethnic group.   Continue reading

Guyana: Amerindian Affairs: Aishalton incident – commentary

Amerindian Affairs – Aishalton incident

When those in power suffer from power disease, then the confidantes and employees who surround them will often exhibit arrogance themselves, as if the conceit of their superiors has radiated outwards to touch them too with the scourge of what perhaps should be called power association disease.

Well last week power association disease was on full display, along, it might be added, with a few other unsavoury human traits. On Friday (Dec 5), President Ramotar was in Aishalton in Region Nine, no doubt engaged in an early campaign initiative to ensure that the Amerindian vote would be solid enough to give the ruling party an overall majority when the general elections descend on us. If so, then the PPP’s carefully choreographed encounter did not go quite according to script.  Continue reading

DIASPORA – editorial in Stabroek News

DIASPORA –  editorial in Stabroek News

Guyana: President Ramotar

President Ramotar

Last week GINA, the Government’s information service, reported that President Donald Ramotar had met Guyanese in Washington and Queens, New York, in the course of his visit to the United Nations, and that he had asked them to return home and invest in the country’s economy. One wonders if he was serious when he put that question to his compatriots in the diaspora, or whether he was just going through the motions.

If he was serious, then he is truly divorced from reality; we have been waiting twenty-two years for this flood of returnees to swamp us with their US dollars, their overseas skills and their drive to nurture their homeland, and no one, even President Ramotar one would think, anticipates that they will do so in the immediate future.

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Ramotar conveniently cites constitution, gives weak excuses for delaying local govt polls- Hardt

Ramotar conveniently cites constitution, gives weak excuses for delaying local govt polls- US Ambassador Hardt

02 July 2014 06:32  – by  Denis Scott Chabrol – Demerara Waves

leadership conference

A section of the participants at the closing of Blue CAPS’ inaugural Building Communities through Leadership Training and Service (BCLTS) programme.

Outgoing United States (US) Ambassador, Brent Hardt has accused President Donald Ramotar of selectively abiding by Guyana’s constitution, even as the country awaits long-overdue local government elections.

Addressing the closing of Blue CAPS’ inaugural Building Communities through Leadership Training and Service (BCLTS) programme earlier this week, he noted that Ramotar’s reason for not assenting to one of the local government bills was because it was unconstitutional, but at the same time the Guyanese leader was not upholding the constitution as far as those polls are concerned.

“He cannot be an inconsistent defender of the constitution – ignoring the constitution’s very clear requirement to hold local government elections and, for that matter, to return bills to parliament no more than 21 days after they are sent to him,” said Hardt. Continue reading

Guyana: Free and fair local government elections – commentary

Free and fair local government elections


Pressed at Wednesday’s Europe Day event on why local government elections have not been held, President Ramotar had this to say:

“As far as local government elections is concerned I cannot be oblivious to the political situation that exists in this country and further I say not.”

If one was to parse this cryptic answer by the President, there is only one plausible inference that can be drawn and this is that the President is holding in reserve the option of calling early general elections and therefore preparations for long-awaited local government elections cannot begin. It may also be the case that the government has no desire to hold either the general or local government elections but is simply using one to excuse the absence of the other. The President’s declaration that he will say nothing further on the matter is also exceedingly disappointing. The electorate expects, nay demands, that the President be forthcoming on all the details surrounding the unconscionably delayed local government polls and his reasoning. Continue reading

Guyana: New Elections in the Air? – commentary

Guyana: New Elections In The Air?

Editor’s Note

 If the AFC does not vote for the National Budget Estimates for the Office of the President for the reasons mentioned in its Press Statement below, that would be only 7 votes in the 65 seat National Assembly. It would then depend on how APNU with its 26 seats votes. If both Opposition Parties vote against the estimates of expenditure for the Office of the President, President Ramotar will have little alternative but to call a new General Election.

A new General Election is therefore in the air depending on whether the PPP/C Government accedes to the AFC request that the Minister of Finance immediately enters into discussions with the AFC and APNU with a view to removing certain allocations, including those for NCN and GINA, from under the Office of the President’s allocation and placing them under another mutually negotiated Head. If the Government is not obliging, then new elections will also depend on if APNU joins the AFC in voting against the OP’s allocationContinue reading

The Jagdeo challenge – by Ralph Ramkarran

The Jagdeo challenge – by Ralph Ramkarran

Stabroek News – March 30, 2014 – Features, Sunday

RamkarranThe Guyana Times published a story on Thursday March 20 reporting that the opposition had caused a poll to be conducted last month which found that “former President Bharrat Jagdeo would be the most formidable candidate that the Opposition parties… could face in any upcoming general elections.” The following day the Guyana Chronicle carried a front page headline as follows: ‘Jagdeo favoured as PPP’s presidential candidate’ in an opposition poll. The opposition denied any such poll.

The publications in the newspapers which followed outreaches organized by loyalist ministers, belie Dr Jagdeo’s protestations that he is not interested in a third term. This new campaign was no doubt inspired by talk of a landslide victory if he had been the candidate in 2011, and if he is now the candidate. An expensive campaign was also put together in 2010 which only fizzled out when General Secretary Donald Ramotar took a stand against a third term. Now that elections appear to be on the horizon Dr Jagdeo is beginning to drool with renewed ambition and hunger for high office.   Continue reading

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