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Top PPP elected regional officials “breaking ranks”- Bulkan; Regions 8,9 Chairmen justify participation in Local Govt conference

Central government would go ahead and implement projects and programmes in People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC)-controlled regional and town councils if their top elected officials continue to boycott the annual local government conferences, Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan said. The PPP-aligned Regional Chairmen of Regions Eight and Nine defended their participation in the conference, but Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said ...

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1,600 sugar workers eligible for full severance pay this month-end

Government on Friday announced that sacked sugar workers, who are eligible to GY$500,000 or less in severance pay, would be paid  in full this month-end and the others who would be paid 50 percent of the amounts due to them. Government’s Department of Public Information later saud that 1,600 former Guysuco workers will be paid full severance pay if it ...

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PPP ready to fund legal challenge to sugar workers severance pay

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Friday said the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) would be funding legal fees for sugar workers to challenge the legality of government paying part of severance. “The PPP will pay the legal fees for all of the sugar workers that want to challenge it in the court,” he told a news conference more than two hours ...

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Whistle-blower legislation covers complaints over 10 years old; prohibits malicious reporting- Ramjattan

Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan Thursday night assured that the whistle blower legislation, which was passed by the National Assembly, prohibits malicious reporting and will allow for reporting corruption and other wrongdoings in the private and public sector dating back to 12 years. “It is important that we understand that it is not only prospective but retrospective,” he told ...

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PPP worried about “malicious reporting”, protection of party faithful in whistle blower law

The opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) on Thursday  urged government to deal with “malicious reporting” in the whistle blower legislation and called on government not to punish those who complain about malpractices by their party faithful. Contributing to the debate in the Protected Disclosures Bill, opposition lawmaker Joseph Hamilton said the draft Bill does not guard against malicious reporting ...

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AFC’s position on Cummingsburg Accord hinges on decision on Local Govt elections; political future hangs in balance

The Alliance For Change (AFC) will next month formally decide whether it will be contesting this year’s Local Government Elections (LGE) on its own and such a move will influence if it will engage A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) in a revised political agreement, a top AFC official said. AFC General Secretary, Marlon Williams said while his party has ...

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AFC laying groundwork for tough negotiations with APNU on new political accord- Henry Jeffrey

The Alliance For Change (AFC) appeared to have signaled that it would possibly be contesting this year’s Local Government Elections (LGE) on its own to flex its negotiating muscle for a new or revised political agreement with A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), Political Science Professor, Henry Jeffrey said. “It might well be it’s only positioning itself to strengthen its ...

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Five-party APNU to contest local government elections as “united team”

Hours after the Alliance For Change (AFC) signaled that it might contest this year’s Local Government Elections (LGE) alone, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) said its parties have agreed to vie for village and town councils as a united body. The five-party APNU, whose largest and dominant party is the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), said at meetings in ...

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Guysuco severance pay: Prison unrest helped drain coffers of monies

Leader of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Raphael Trotman on Monday said government was aware that GY$500 million would be insufficient to pay severance to the 4,000 laid off sugar industry, but the reality is that it could only have budgeted in 2018 what it could afford due to, among other reasons, prisons security. “It was not that we (cabinet) ...

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AFC may contest local govt elections alone

The Alliance For Change (AFC) might contest local government elections later this year, but a final decision rests with further deliberations within the party, party leader, Raphael Trotman said Monday. “There is a strong body of opinion that we should go it alone,” he told a news conference. He said the party would further discuss the matter internally in Guyana ...

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