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GDF frowns on report of general elections in June; says training document taken “out of context”

The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) says someone misinterpreted a leaked training document that states that the army must be prepared for general and regional elections in June. “Someone has taken our training documents out of context,” the senior GDF officer told Demerara Waves Online News. Asked to respond to the timeframe of June 2019 that the GDF document, as quoted ...

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Local gov’t minister calls for accountability at City Hall, effective constituency representation

Local Government Minister, Ronald Bulkan on Monday called on the newly-elected councillors of Georgetown to guard against a repeat of alleged mismanagement, and instead, ensure transparency and accountability in managing the City’s affairs. In an apparent reference to recommendations that City Hall’s financial records be audited each year and concerns by the Retired Justice Cecil Kennard Commission of Inquiry into ...

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Charrandas Persaud willing to take lie detector test on no-confidence ‘Yes’ vote; admits negotiating gold purchase

Former government parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud, who voted for an opposition-sponsored no-confidence motion that has triggered steps for early general elections, has admitted that he had been in contact with gold dealers, but said he is willing to take a lie detector test to prove that he never sold his ‘Yes’ vote to the People’s Progressive Party (PPP). “Yes, I will ...

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Marijuana, hemp decriminalisation on Guyana’s election agenda

A day after the Liberty and Justice Party (LJP) promised to decriminalise cultivation of marijuana and hemp, Guyanese police announced in a statement they destroyed another marijuana farm. The latest marijuana cultivation destruction also prompted criticism by a government spokesman in his personal capacity. “On the one hand small farmers in Jamaica are to begin profiting from marijuana cultivation while ...

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Liberty and Justice Party not ready to disclose financial backers; promises transparency, accountability

Leader of the Liberty and Justice Party (LJP), Lenox Shuman touted transparency and accountability at his political party’s launch but declined to immediately disclose his financial backers until campaign finance legislation is passed. “I cannot disclose that,” he said, and at the same time denied it was not any of the existing political parties. He said the financiers did not ...

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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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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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