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Guyana won’t sell subsidised crude oil to private refinery

The Guyana government ruled out selling subsidised crude oil to a privately-owned oil refinery that investors plan to build in Linden, according to officials of the Ministry of the Presidency’s Department of Energy on Saturday. “Anyone, who wishes to open a refinery can do so but they will not receive subsidised oil from the Department. That’s the crunch,” the Head ...

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Guyana protests Canadian High Commission alleged complicity in attempted toppling of gov’t

The Foreign Ministry has lodged a blistering protest with Canada over the alleged complicity by its High Commission in Guyana in an attempt to  topple the David Granger-led administration after its diplomatic security officer accompanied former government parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud to a waiting plane hours after he voted to pass an opposition-sponsored no-confidence motion. “The evidence suggests that the High ...

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Police force to increase its membership; divisional management plan being implemented

The Guyana Police Force is preparing to increase its law enforcement personnel as plans proceed for creating 10 police divisions across the country, President David Granger and Police Commissioner Leslie James said Thursday. Addressing the opening of the 2019 Police Officers’ Conference at State House, the Guyanese leader noted that the police force is “distributed very unevenly” across Guyana with ...

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Shyam Nokta could emerge as PPP consensus presidential candidate

As the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Thursday began hearing from five of its presidential candidate hopefuls, former presidential advisor Shyam Nokta could emerge as the consensus candidate to contest the next general elections, party sources said. Nokta, 44, the son of veteran PPP member, Harripersaud Nokta, is said to have very good relations with party General Secretary, former President ...

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Canada’s High Commissioner mum on Charrandas Persaud departure; police tight-lipped on “matter of national security” probe

Canada’s High Commissioner to Guyana, Lilian Chatterjee, on Thursday refused to comment on her mission’s involvement in facilitating the departure of former government parliamentarian, Charrandas Persaud, even as Police Commissioner Leslie James said a probe was underway into a matter of “national security”. Asked what led to the High Commission’s Security Officer, Richard Beliveau’s presence at the Eugene F. Correia ‘Ogle’ ...

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Jagdeo, Peter Ramsaroop deny prior knowledge of Charrandas Persaud ‘Yes’ vote plans

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo said Dr. Peter Ramsaroop, the man who provided security cover for former government parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud, never told him of the recalled lawmaker’s plan to vote ‘Yes’ on the no-confidence motion that prompted plans for early general elections. “No, he did not and, as I said before, Peter Ramsaroop is free to have friends wherever he ...

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Gail Teixeira, Amna Ally to meet with GECOM on election readiness

Top representatives of the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and the government are to meet with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to determine its readiness for general elections, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said Wednesday. About two and a half hours after meeting with President David Granger, Jagdeo said Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira and government Chief Whip Amna Ally are ...

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General elections to be held when GECOM is ready – Granger

Following his meeting with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo Wednesday, President David Granger said both sides have agreed that regional and general elections will be held within the administrative capability of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). “We have agreed that the two sides will continue to work together to engage GECOM to ensure that elections are held within the administrative capabilities ...

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“Good meeting so far” says Jagdeo on talks with Granger

President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday appeared to have had somewhat successful talks, going by Jagdeo’s assessment. Emerging from a 75-minute meeting with the Guyanese leader, Jagdeo would only say preliminarily that “it was a good meeting so far”. Opposition frontbencher, Odinga Lumumba described the talks as “a good start”. Attorney General Basil Williams added that the ...

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Christopher Ram asks Court to declare no-confidence motion validly passed to avoid “chaos, confusion”, jittery investment climate

Fearing a constitutional crisis and adverse impact on the investment climate if general elections are not held by March 21, 2018, well-known political commentator Christopher Ram has petitioned the High Court to immediately order the President and Cabinet to resign and for Guyanese to go to the polls. He wants the High Court to find that the no-confidence motion was ...

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