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Pres. Ramotar seen as candidate for re-election in Guyana

President Donald Ramotar

San Juan, Nov 25 (EFE).- With the likelihood of an early poll, Guyana’s ruling PPP/C is holding talks about presidential nominations and said Tuesday that its only candidate for the position of president is incumbent Donald Ramotar.

“President Ramotar obviously is candidate for the time being … there are no other names there,” PPP/C general secretary Clement Rohee said.

Rohee told reporters that the PPP/C Executive Committee is expected to deliberate on the presidential nomination, as well as the nomination of the party’s prime ministerial candidate and that a public pronouncement on both nominations will be made soon.

“We will make an announcement that covers everything. At the appropriate point in time we will say exactly what the position is,” Rohee said.

Political observers say the country could hold early elections after opposition legislators rejected an invitation from Ramotar for dialogue following his decision to prorogue parliament on Nov. 10.

Ramotar has defended his decision, saying it was intended to pave the way for greater dialogue among political parties, while keeping the current parliament technically alive to address critically important issues.

The opposition parties, which have a one-seat majority in the 65-member National Assembly, filed a motion of no-confidence in the government and planned a debate as soon as legislators returned from the annual recess.

Ramotar has made it clear that if talks with lawmakers fail, he would move to hold fresh elections.

The last general elections in Guyana were held in November 2011, when the PPP/C won 48.62 percent of the vote, followed by the Partnership for National Unity with 40.83 percent.

The Alliance for Change got the remaining votes