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Granger denies he or gov’t hired US lobbying firm, despite official documents

President David Granger on Friday distanced himself and his caretaker administration from a United States (US) lobbying firm, despite official records filed with the United States government, stating that the Ministry of the Presidency is the client and that its Director-General, Joseph Harmon is the point person. “The Government of Guyana has not hired JJ&B, LLC and has no contractual ...

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“Upset” supporters paying for government-hired US lobbying firm to counter PPP messages

Director-General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Retired Lt. Col. Joseph Harmon on Thursday denied that taxpayers monies were used to pay a United States (US) lobbying firm to ease American pressure concerning electoral transparency, insteading saying the funds were amassed by overseas-based supporters. “I would say to you that this is not funds that have been from the government. ...

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Gov’t warns US that PPP poses geo-political, economic risks to South America

The incumbent A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) coalition administration, labelling itself as “pro-American”, is warning the United States (US) that the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) poses a geopolitical and economic threat due its close ties with China, Russia and Venezuela. “If the PPP gets control of Guyana, China and Russia will control the Northern region of ...

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PPP accuses gov’t of spending taxpayers money to defend APNU+AFC in US; Harmon defends decision for gov’t, country

The opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Wednesday accused government of spending thousands of United States (US) dollars of taxpayers’ money to pay an American lobbying firm to defend A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) against claims of electoral process, but a top government official fired back, saying that government has a legitimate right to defend Guyana’s image. ...

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OAS elections observer mission calls for removal of biased persons from national vote recount

The Organisation of American States (OAS) election observer mission on Wednesday frowned on Guyana’s Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield’s proposed 156-day duration for a recount of votes cast in general elections in March. The Chief of the OAS Observer Mission, former Prime Minister of Jamaica, Bruce Golding also issued a call for the removal of biased persons from the recount ...

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Former ACP Secretary-General, US Ambassador, private sector weigh in on sanctions, democracy

Former Secretary-General of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group, Dr Patrick Gomes has cautioned Guyana against ignoring threats of sanction by key western nations and international organisations. “The threats and warnings of sanctions from major powers with whom trade, development and investment must rid our country of poverty, illiteracy and inadequate health care for all Guyanese must be taken ...

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Commonwealth Foreign Ministers press GECOM to recount votes or gov’t won’t be legitimate

The Commonwealth Group of Foreign Ministers has called on the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to ensure results of last month’s general elections are transparent and credible. “Ministers called upon the Guyana Elections Commission to immediately fulfill its constitutional mandate and ensure the sovereign right of the people of Guyana to duly elect their Government is respected through a transparent and ...

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Guyana remains a “sovereign State” -gov’t reacts to international community

Government on Saturday reacted to United States’ State Department summoning Guyana’s Ambassador to Washington over the credibility of general elections, saying that the country is a self-governing state that abides by the rule of law. “For the benefit of all international partners and friends, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to affirm that Guyana remains a sovereign state governed by ...

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U.S. State Dept summons Guyana’s Ambassador over election results

The United States Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemispheric Affairs, Michael Kozak on Thursday summoned Guyana’s Ambassador, Riyad Insanally to inform Guyana that a government sworn in based on non-credible results would be illegitimate. “On behalf of the U.S. government, today I summoned #Guyana Ambassador to the U.S. Riyad Insanally to convey our firm position that any government sworn ...

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