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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

GUYANA: Profile: History: THE LEGEND YOU NEVER KNEW: Eusi Kwayana – video

FTC Guyana: THE LEGEND YOU NEVER KNEW: Eusi Kwayana – 2019 video

— LIVING GUYANESE HISTORY: Eusi Kwayana (Born 1925 – now 97) —

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GUYANA: The Bright Century Beckons: But What’s In It For Me, And When? – By Ralph Ramkarran

– By Ralph Ramkarran – February 19, 2022 Conversation Tree Blog

The spectacular possibilities that await Guyana were revealed at the recently concluded Oil & Gas conference. Government spokespersons, led by President Irfaan Ali, Prime Minister Mark Phillips and Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo, and other officials, revealed plans, set out priorities and declared objectives. The head of Exxon talked about the possibilities of the oil industry and its growing potential. Not only will production increase but discoveries will multiply. The official estimate of reserves is 10 billion barrels, the unofficial 13. Guyanese can begin to think realistically of a potential of 20 billion and hope for 30 billion.

This was a conference to encourage investment and investors were represented. But the Heads of Government who attended – from Barbados, Suriname and Ghana – spoke about the interests of the Guyanese people. Even though Guyanese leaders did so as well, it was clear that uppermost in the minds of conference participants was investment opportunities, and not wages and working conditions for the jobs that would be created.           Continue reading


Ralph Ramkarran


Conversation Tree Blog – January 12, 2019  – by Ralph Ramkarran

In a lengthy article written in 2011 before the general elections of that year, for “Freedom House” on “Countries at the Crossroads 2011: Guyana,” Assistant Professor Joan Mars, of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice of the University of Michigan-Flint, said: “Elections are constitutionally due to be held in 2011.

Calls by the political opposition for shared governance have not been endorsed by the ruling PPP/C administration headed by President Jagdeo; with its consistent absolute majority in parliament, the PPP/C has had little incentive to agree to share power, but the idea may be gathering momentum as a major rallying point in the forthcoming elections.“ Assistant Professor Mars, a former practising lawyer in Guyana, concluded: “The current system of majority rule should be reformed to provide for a power-sharing model that is representative of the ethnic diversity in the population.           Continue reading

PNCR Conference: Granger promotes ‘One Nation’ solution

 Granger promotes ‘One Nation’ solution

David Granger

David Granger

July 25, 2014 · Stabroek News

In his address to the 18th biennial delegates’ conference of the PNCR this afternoon, Party leader David Granger urged a One Nation solution for the country and lambasted the PPP/C for not seizing the opportunity for more inclusive governance.

In the text of his address released by Congress Place he urged delegates to keep the pressure up to “push the PPP out of office, elect a government of national unity and give the Guyanese people the good life that they deserve”.

He also alighted on the Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh’s management of the country’s finances stating that it has been a major source of political contention. He added “We shall soon settle that!”  That remark appears to be a reference to Singh’s spending of $4.5B which has brought the country to the brink of a motion of no confidence by the opposition majority in Parliament against the government.

Granger’s address follows:   Continue reading

Capitol News – TV News Videos – 23 August 2013

Capitol News – TV News Videos – 23 August 2013

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APNU expresses concern about the state of Guyana’s Education systemPosted: 23 Aug 2013 06:59 PM PDT

Calls continue for shared Governance and for the State’s resources to be distributed equitablyPosted: 23 Aug 2013 06:56 PM PDT

Guyana continues to receive financial assistance to preserve biodiversity and natural resourcesPosted: 23 Aug 2013 06:53 PM PDT

Capitol News – TV News videos – 12 August 2013

Capitol News – TV News videos – 12 August 2013

  • Government scrambles to meet with Guyana’s major coalition bloc to save the Amaila Falls Hydro Project
  • President Ramotar denies there was any secrecy about the Amaila falls Hydro project
  • Opposition APNU justifies its position for not supporting the Amaila falls Hydro project
  • PNC/R executive continues to advocate for shared Governance
  • Region Ten Chairman wants to see Gov’t honour Linden Agreement
  • Guyana joins other countries around the world to mark International Youth Day
  • Barbados Tridents suffer first defeat in Limacol CPL to Guyana Amazon Warriors
Government scrambles to meet with Guyana’s major coalition bloc to save the Amaila Falls Hydro ProjectPosted: 12 Aug 2013 05:00 PM PDT

Sithe Global used the Sunday newspapers to make its announcement – abandoning the Amaila Falls Hydro Project because of lack of blanket support from the Parliamentary opposition. The project, at US$858 million would have been the most expensive project of any kind to be undertaken in the country’s history. The Government trumped up the project […]           Continue reading

ONE HAND CAN’T CLAP – by Waltie Ainsworth


By Ewalt “Waltie” Ainsworth                12-12- 2011

It takes two to tango and right now, the Ramotar Presidency is suffering from a slight hangover the morning after the night before.   Over the years, the last two decades, they have become addicted to doing as they like in Parliament, running rough-shod over the Corbin led administration.  There has been a change of the guards and the call has gone out already, for “shared governance”.  Participation in the budget planning is the first step because one hand cannot clean fish, grate coconut, ketch bed bugs and or clap.

Some operatives in the APNU are up in arms against Khemraj Ramjattan for the position of Speaker.  In my estimation, he would make a better Prime Minister and reserve the speaker-ship for a Faith or a Debbie or even a Theresa for that matter.  The position of Speaker is within the grasp of all these women, singularly and collectively and would be an asset to Ramotar as he stumbles, bumbles, grumbles and tumbles head over heels.  It is lonely at the top and the inner man, the inner strength, is restricted and restricting.

A run-off election may be a heartbeat away because incompetence is yeasting hour by hour, day by day.                Continue reading

“Shared governance or no governance” – OVNN Analysis

Georgetown, Guyana: December 4th, 2011 — OVNN is convinced that the PPPC government rigged the 2011 presidential elections. It is clear that the PPPC would have lost the presidency all together or lost many more seats in parliament had it not been for GECOM’s delay and Surujbally’s help in ensuring the rigging was accepted. Be that as it may, none of us can claim surprise at this outcome. In fact, “to be forewarned is to be forearmed” and as time unfolds, questions about why proactive measures weren’t put into place by the opposition to ensure that rigging would not be easy for the PPPC will begin to surface.However, OVNN recently came into possession of some thought provoking analysis which anyone can replicate by perusing the data from GECOM’s own site.   Continue reading

Ramotar leaves door open for shared governance

2011 Elections…Ramotar leaves door open for shared governance


 …will form Cabinet within days

“I would have liked to have a majority in Parliament but the electorate has spoken and we have to work with what we have.”

By Leonard Gildarie

The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has returned to power, with 61-year-oldRussian-trained economist, Donald Ramotar, being declared Guyana’s next Executive President at 16:20hrs yesterday, but they will have to rule under a minority government.
However, the party which has been in continuous power since 1992 is not ruling out reeling in one or both opposition parties to help govern the country.  Continue reading

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