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Breaking: Rupert Roopnaraine resigns; Granger yet to accept

FLASH BACK: President David Granger and Minister of Education, Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine greet each other at D’Urban Park during the 2016 Education Month Rally.

About one month after Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine was removed from the post of Minister of Education, he has resigned from ministerial office, but Presiodent David Granger said Wednesday he is yet to accept it. “I received a letter from Dr. Roopnaraine, the contents of which I will not disclose but he cannot resign until I have accepted a resignation and as far as I am concerned, I have not done so,” he told reporters.

The Guyanese leader said Roopnaraine remains a member of the Cabinet.

“I have to meet with Dr. Roopnaraine to discuss certain matters with him and when those discussions are ended if he wishes to speak with the media he speak with the media but right now Dr. Roopnaraine remains a member of the Cabinet,” Granger said.

A new ministerial post- Minister of Public Service- was created for the co-leader of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), but his party said he had not been provided with any facilities or specific terms of reference up to two weeks ago.

Well-placed sources said the veteran politician decided to give up ministerial office, citing his poor health condition. That resignation was dispatched to President Granger on Sunday, but so far the Guyana government has not said anything.

Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs said the Parliament Office has not received a resignation from Dr. Roopnaraine.

Within the last 18 months, the 74-year old Roopnaraine had been hospitalised on more than one occasion. He had also collapsed once at a reception held at the British High Commissioner’s residence.

Roopnaraine has been a leading figure in Guyana’s politics especially in the WPA when that party had vowed to remove the then People’s National Congress (PNC)-led administration of Forbes Burnham.

Over the last three decades, Roopnaraine has been instrumental in forging and promoting alliance politics. He was a leading light alongside Granger in the 2011 elections that had seen the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) losing its grip on  power for the first time since 1992. At the 2015 elections, Roopnaraine was also fierce campaigner that led to the PPPC’s defeat.

The WPA has maintained that it had not been properly consulted before Dr. Roopnaraine was removed from as Minister of Education. That party has since disputed claims of Roopnaraine’s poor performance are flawed especially considering the excellent results of the 2017 National Grade Six Assessment.

The executive of A Partnership for National Unity of which the WPA and the PNC-Reform are the more prominent political parties is expected to meet this month for the first time in almost two years. Topping the agenda is the WPA’s claim that there is an absence of consultation since the APNU’s leadership councils have not been meeting since the 2015 election victory.

  • ExPPP_Man

    This man is too old and frail for political office. He should be allowed to retire.

    • rs dasai

      Hey EX
      You ‘cannot’ do anything unless I say so. Sounds familiar?

    • Col123

      Ex KKK dude..”old and frail for political office?”…kind a treasonous, don’t you think?…How old is alyou english queen?

  • itmickey

    This is the caliber of politicians that Guyana needs…selfless…unfortunately age waits on no man…why really was he removed from MOE…why is there so much reshuffling at whim and fancy…if failing health is a consideration why did he took up the post when he fully well knew that he would not be able to serve out the term…I would support David Hinds and Nigel Hughes to be replacements…we need decent ppl to run for public office…with service to the nation being the first priority and not self…

  • rs dasai

    Roop is no Judas. Do you really know who Judas was?

    • VictorAustin

      I need to no

  • Col123

    “The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.”…not a correct Biblical verse of course , but it is just as a well done exhortation by the great Samuel Jackson….Pulp Fiction

  • Col123

    Comrade Jinnah…here’s a chance for you to make use of that free East Germany education..Just call up Granger and ask fuh de job…you fit and proppa!

  • Col123

    JR … it is a movie script from Pulp Fiction boy… it is not Biblical verse…and have some respect for those with religious beliefs..