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Monthly Archives: December 2018

Granger, Jagdeo enter New Year talking up “political cooperation”

President David Granger greeted 2019 with a pledge to work with the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and its Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has gone as far as remarking that the two sides might unite to run Guyana. “Recent developments in the National Assembly have created opportunities for enhanced political cooperation. Meetings between the government and opposition will take place in ...

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Wind stations being installed to explore wind generation potential on Guyana’s coast

The Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MOPI) has begun installing four wind measurement stations along the Atlantic Coast at a cost of more than GYD$33.5 million (US$160,000) to determine the potential of this natural resource for the generation of sustainable renewable energy, the government’s Department of Public Information said. The stations, which are being mounted on towers with a height of ...

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Political Scientists, Mathematician insist that 33 is “absolute majority”; Attorney General shrugs off foreign citizenship questions

Attorney General Basil Williams on Monday insisted that all percentages of parliamentary votes must be rounded up, in stark contrast to what experts in the United States and Norway have stated. He also believes that challenging the 33 to 32 vote in favour of the opposition-sponsored no-confidence motion on the constitutional grounds that then government parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud is a ...

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DPP Shalimar Ali-Hack among five named Senior Counsel

President David Granger has conferred the honour of Senior Counsel on five legal practitioners who have displayed a high quality of service in the legal profession and in their knowledge of the law, with effect from January 1, 2019, the Ministry of the Presidency said Monday. The long-serving legal practitioners are Mrs. Shalimar Ali-Hack, Mr. Stephen Fraser, Mrs. Carole James-Boston, Mr. Robert Ramcharran ...

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“Quarters” arrested for gunning down man near City Hotel

A suspect in the early Sunday morning gunning down of a Suriname-born Guyanese man in Georgetown was arrested hours later, police sources said. The suspect has been identified as 26-year old Winston “Quarters” Wade of 59 Stanleytown, New Amsterdam, Berbice. ‘A’ Division Commander, Assistant Commissioner Marlon Chapman confirmed the arrest. Sources said Wade was arrested at Springlands, Corentyne, near the Guyana-Suriname border. ...

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Charrandas Persaud hints at supporting PPP

Less than two weeks after voting in favour of a People’s Progressive Party (PPP)-sponsored no-confidence motion, then government parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud stopped short of saying that he was now backing the country’s opposition party. In an interaction with a pandit (a Hindu priest) before Hindu congregants in North America, he called on overseas-based PPP supporters to encourage their families and ...

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Attorney General’s “absolute majority” of 34 votes differs from globally accepted practice

Attorney General Basil Williams has interpreted Guyana’s constitution as stating that an “absolute majority” of 34 votes are required to successfully pass a no-confidence motion against the Guyana Government. “The Constitutional requirement for voting on a motion of no-confidence is distinct from voting on the passage of legislation and ordinary motions in Parliament. The framers of the Constitution by requiring ...

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Former Amerindian Affairs Minister dies

Former Amerindian Affairs Minister Vibert De Souza died on Saturday two days shy of his 74th birthday, following a prolonged heart condition, his brother said. De Souza collapsed at about 6 p.m. at his Eccles, East Bank Demerara residence where he lived with his wife and daughter. His brother Marco said he last saw his brother on December 23 when ...

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34 votes needed to pass no-confidence motion; Charrandas Persaud’s Canadian citizenship also cited – gov’t sources

The Guyana Government on Saturday appeared set to challenge the outcome of the no-confidence vote on several grounds, official sources said. Citing a number of legal authorities, an opinion prepared for the government states that a no-confidence motion can be passed by only a minimum of 34 votes or 50 percent of the House plus one. That is because according ...

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