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Jagdeo hints that PPP should have engaged in political unrest

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo (at lectern) addressing a gathering at a PPP-organised public forum to mark Guyana's return to democracy on October 5, 1992 when the first free and fair general election in almost 30 years was held.

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo (at lectern) addressing a gathering at a PPP-organised public forum to mark Guyana’s return to democracy on October 5, 1992 when the first free and fair general election in almost 30 years was held.

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo Friday night hinted that the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) should have engaged in post-election unrest , maintaining that his party was rigged out of office at last year’s general elections.

“Many think that maybe the People’s Progressive Party acted too calmly too,” he said and added that “maybe our leaders who were making the decisions then should have acted differently because sometimes those things work and they get the international community involved,” he said.

In response to burning, looting and the beating up of perceived PPP supporters after the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) had lost elections in 1992, 1997 and 2006, the then government had complained to the international community and had sought the solidarity of the Organisation of American States (OAS).

He told a forum at Red House that if the People’s National Congress Reform’s (PNCR) request to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) for a recount in Region Four had not been facilitated because the Returning Officer and her staff “disappeared” ,  and had lost power by just over  4,000 votes or a regional seat by one vote; Georgetown would have gone up in flames.

Jagdeo did not refer to the then President Donald Ramotar or any other senior PPP leader at that time, but said those in office then appeared not to have favoured political disruptions. “I guess people, who made the decision at that time, were guided by a different ethos, a different philosophy and so you had not an acceptance of the results but a decision to move on,” Jagdeo told a packed auditorium at the Red House-based Cheddi Jagan Research Centre, High Street, Kingston, Georgetown.

Then United States (US) Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission, Bryan Hunt, in his farewell speech on June 17, 2016 had called on defeated Guyanese political parties to gracefully accept the results.  “Those who lose elections, whether in the past, present or future need to accept their defeat and relinquish power gracefully rather than railing against “the system,” he said.

After GECOM had declared that the PPPC had lost the May 11, 2015 elections, that party had not conceded defeat but had instead maintained that the polls had been rigged. The PPPC has since filed an elections petition challenging the results.

Meanwhile, the former President reiterated that the David Granger-led coalition has returned to Burnhamite (late President Forbes Burnham) policies, and fringe elements and pseudo-intellectuals who have been spouting racism, hatred and bigotry were now in government.  “The unfortunate thing now today- they have become part of the mainstream. They are now hired by this government so the extremes have come to the centre now and it is not pervading this government’s policies,” Jagdeo said.

The 16-month old A Partnership for National Unity+ Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) coalition government has, for its part, accused Jagdeo of fomenting racial tensions by claiming that his party’s mainly East Indian supporters, Amerindians and pro-PPPC Afro-Guyanese are being discriminated against.

  • Emile_Mervin

    Mr. Jagdeo, first, even if the elections were rigged, you and your corrupt PPP necessitated the rigging. In some countries, your government would have been overthrown! You suckers had to be stopped!!!

    Finally, it is not too late to lead a public protest, Mr. Jagdeo, but just make sure you show up and not merely send protestors out while you remain securely ensconced in your ranch style prison.

    • Col123

      Nothing matters politically since the removal of those folks. Guyanese are in the frontline of political uncertainty…and soon, we will compete with oil producing nations like Trinidad and Venenuela for that pie in the sky. We read about the good life in our neighbors. It is clear where we are heading… and if anyone believe that we are not going down that Trini path…I say good luck.. but take a look at the local economy in Trinidad, their produce ..etc…the entire Caribbean basin.., their politics, produce..etc.and try to spin it in a positive way…I have an interest…

  • Gtloyal

    For the very first time in recorded history, an opposition group sneaks past the government and its security system, takes control of the electoral commission and rigs a national election in front of the vigilant eyes of the various national and international groups of observers positioned countrywide and tasked with detecting any wrongdoing!
    Wow! They had to be Guyanese.

  • Col123

    Jaggie showing his true color…”we black people”…that ahimsa thingy is not in his blood…them indos have fridge and tv…what difference would be any unrest make?..the good life is already here….

    • Gtloyal

      Hey Col123, your Jaggie is now showing his hisa colors. Maybe its because he just looked down and saw that he was black. First black indoguyanese … for the Guinness book of record!
      Have a nice day.

      • Col123

        The dude trying to outmatch the Grangie brotha to figure out who has bigger one… I am betting that I outdo both of them brothas…but I am Malinke….that says it!

  • Col123

    shooti…Don’t generalize about our people being evil…just because you are one of them!

  • Col123

    Some name calling there Pedro …. you must be one of those Dumpf supporter…and what would be fun for you??…get a life bro…and some butter for you bread…

  • Col123

    Pencil and a piece of paper showing a one percent majority..that’s all the requirement.. no sweat for our genius Guyanese mathematicians….them Indos puja Burnham ..and they now puja our boy Grangie …life goes on…naggie is the man…them coalie start worshipping him already …now that he swallow some of the water at the Varanasi gaath..

  • Col123

    As if you know…

  • Col123

    Not at all… you are on track…oil will not revive the economy… this my reference to the dying economy of Trinidad and Venezuela … those with money are strangling the economy …and the govt cannot see or do , or have the smarts to maneuver around it…it is political uncertainty and the govt that will cripple the economy…

  • Col123

    You criticize others about writing and wrote ” government that sended him”…you are are a poor illiterate piece of the Osu caste…that is why we Mandingo sold people like you….

  • Col123

    I knew this govt blew it the moment they mentioned the need for private jets for ministers…that was a clue where Guyana was heading…

  • Col123

    He needs a rabbi Washington with the Israelites to knock up th system…just like the Banam god of Guyana had…but he stupid…he can’t even see that the folks with money are strangling the useful idiot Grangie…