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Monthly Archives: February 2015

High Court rules it cannot block spending

 Attorney General Anil Nandlall on Monday highlighted that the High Court has ruled that it cannot block government spending on programmes that have not been approved by the National Assembly. Opposition Leader, David Granger had wanted the Constitutional Court to bar the administration from spending funds in that manner during this year. Following is the Attorney General’s statement: On the ...

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UG Vice Chancellor appeals for normalcy again

As a now almost one-month old strike by University of Guyana (UG) workers continues to impact harshly on classes, Vice Chancellor Professor Jacob Opadeyi on Monday appealed for an end to the industrial action and a resumption of negotiations.“For the sake of our students, I humbly request a return to normalcy, negotiation in good faith, and respect for each other. ...

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Home Affairs, Agriculture key to AFC constituency; talks up “no-confidence” if APNU breaks coalition accord

Leader of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Khemraj Ramjattan on Monday justified the importance of his party being promised 12 parliamentary seats and four ministries-including Home Affairs and Agriculture- in a coalition government, in the wake of a view that ministers are merely creatures of the president. Political Analyst, Dr. Henry Jeffrey poured cold water on the AFC being assured ...

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Defiant striking UG workers march to Georgetown

University of Guyana (UG) workers on Monday marched from the Turkeyen Campus to the Georgetown, vowing not to return to classrooms and offices until a reasonable pay-offer is made. The march, for which police permission was granted, was incident free. On arriving in the administrative section of the City, they stood in front of the Chief Labour Officer, Charles Ogle’s ...

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Mixed predictions about coalition’s chances of winning elections

Former People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) government minister, Dr. Henry Jeffrey does not believe that the coalition between Guyana’s two major opposition parties would win the upcoming general elections, in stark contrast to political analyst, Christopher Ram who argues that the majority of Guyanese are so fed up of the government that they would vote them out. “I think what ...

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The APNU/AFC coalition is both a breakthrough and a gamble

by Dr. David Hinds Although I remain skeptical about the coalition strategy, I do welcome the compact between the two parties as a reflection of a hitherto elusive political maturity on the part of the leaderships of the APNU and the AFC. The leaderships of the APNU and the AFC should be commended for this brave step, in particular the ...

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APNU, AFC reveal details of coalition pact; no decision on name, symbol

Two primary schoolmates, who later went on to be on the different sides of the political divide, on Saturday evening- Valentine’s – embraced each other to be presidential and prime ministerial candidates in a 60-40 coalition between A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC). APNU’s David Granger- the presidential candidate- and AFC’s Moses Nagamootoo- the ...

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Bar Association chides President Ramotar for late parliamentary dissolution

The Guyana Bar Association on Saturday charged accused President Donald Ramotar of violating the Constitution by failing to dissolve Parliament on February 10, 2015-exactly three months before the May 11, 2015 general and regional elections. Attorney General Anil Nandlall has already defended the President’s decision, saying the Constitution provides for dissolution within three months of election day to take account ...

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Coalition deal hangs in balance due to strong AFC demands

The Alliance For Change (AFC) has given up its quest for the presidency to A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), possibly in exchange for several top posts and several strategic ministries should the coalition win the upcoming general and regional elections. Three sources familiar with the talks confirmed that it is now up to the leaderships of the two parties ...

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