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CARICOM to meet next week over Guyana electoral impasse

by Samuel Sukhnandan A special meeting to discuss the Guyana electoral impasse will be convened by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) next week, Chairman and Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has said. The CARICOM chair made this disclosure during a live radio interview on Jamaica’s Edge 105.3 FM with Richie B, where he repeated calls for the election results to ...

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Brazil, a key Guyana ally, calls for declaration based on recounted votes

Brazil, a longstanding strategic ally of Guyana in the border controversy with Venezuela, on Wednesday called on Guyanese authorities to use the figures from the national vote recount to declare results of general and regional elections held more than four months ago. “The Brazilian government calls on Guyanese political forces to respect the popular will emanating from the elections, in ...

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CARICOM chair says Guyana election is “long-running soap opera, pregnant with real danger”

Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves  has voiced concerns again over the prolonged election process in Guyana, saying “a rogue clique within Guyana cannot be  allowed to disrespect or disregard, with impunity, the clear, unambiguous ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice. Speaking during a live broadcast on ...

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Strict guidelines for mining operators as GGDMA issues COVID-19 protocols

Gold and diamond miners will now have to be screened before entering mining locations as part of new protocols for COVID-19 issued by the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA). The GGDMA on Wednesday released a document containing these new protocols and guidelines for small and medium scale miners to follow during this COVID-19 pandemic. The association said screening ...

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Canada calls for swift end to Guyana’s deepening political crisis

The Canadian Government through its Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (Global Affairs) has joined a long list of countries and organisations calling for a swift and transparent end to Guyana’s elections. In an issued statement on Wednesday, the Canadian government said it strongly regrets the extended delay in  declaring election results in Guyana, a delay that has now ...

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PPP warns US visa sanctions not “complete package” ; Jeffrey says timing is “intimidatory” to court

by Samuel Sukhnandan Executive member of the  People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Anil Nandlall said no one should be surprised by these sanctions, as it was long in the making, because many US officials had hinted at them before. “We have been saying repeatedly that sanctions will come.These sanctions were long overdue and I have no  doubt that this is the ...

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Guyana govt regrets US visa sanctions over election results

The Guyana government on Wednesday expressed regret at the United States (US) decision to impose visa sanctions on Guyanese officials who are preventing the use of the national vote recount data to declare the results of the March 2, 2020 general and regional elections. In a brief statement that repeatedly referred to the Executive Arm,  the David Granger administration denied ...

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APNU+AFC’s Aubrey Norton dismisses US visa sanctions, hopes Chief Justice isn’t pressured

Executive member of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), Aubrey Norton on Wednesday dismissed the United States’ (US) imposition of visa sanctions on Guyanese officials who are blocking the declaration of election results based on the national vote recount data, vowing that the David Granger-led coalition would do everything to keep the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) out of government. “I ...

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United States imposes visa sanctions on Guyanese officials blocking democracy; calls on Granger to “step aside”

United States (US) Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo on Wednesday announced that it would be imposing visa restrictions on officials of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) for blocking the declaration of results from the national vote recount. “Today, I am announcing visa restrictions on the individuals responsible for or complicit in undermining democracy in Guyana. Immediate family members and such ...

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Ramjattan, Teixeira weigh in on motivation of spate of fires at govt buildings

by Samuel Sukhnandan Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan on Tuesday did not rule out three early morning fires set on public buildings as being politically motivated. Ramjattan told News Talk Radio/Demerara Waves earlier Tuesday that “out of an abundance of caution, I am awaiting reports from the Fire Chief (Marlon Gentle) and Police Commissioner (Leslie James) before making any comment ...

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