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Pension controversy: Former PM Green shrugs off concerns about his political record

by Derwayne Wills Despite the positions of the Guyana Human Rights Association, and the Transparency Institute of Guyana, former Prime Minister and former Georgetown Mayor Hamilton Green believes these bodies are attempting to create confusion as it relates to his proposed over-one million dollar monthly former Prime Minister’s pension. Green accused the human rights body of “fomenting strife” and “distorting ...

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Govt, African Business Chamber pledge reciprocal support; Jagdeo says sound business proposals key

Guyana’s African Business Roundtable- an organisation that aims to develop sustainable Afro-Guyanese businesses in partnership with government- was Friday night launched with government in turn pledging its support. Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo said government welcomes the establishment of the Afro-Guyanese business chamber, saying that African empowerment and self-empowerment have eluded the country for so many years.  He said efforts should ...

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Hamilton Green key figure during repressive period; doesn’t deserve pension- GHRA

The Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) on Saturday slammed government for moving to give former Hamilton Green a hefty pension for serving as Prime Minister from 1985 to 1992. “The Prime Minister Hamilton Green Pension Act 2016 on the Order Paper is utterly shocking. His entire political career reflects the attributes that have kept Guyana ethnically polarized and, for this ...

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GECOM Chairman to step down month-end– PPP

The opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) says Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Dr. Steve Surujbally will be stepping down this month-end. “Dr. Steve Surujbally, the Chairman of Guyana’s Elections Commission (GECOM), has formally indicated to the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Bharrat Jagdeo, M.P., that he shall be resigning from that office with effect on November 30th, 2016,” ...

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PM wants GYD$80 million for constitutional reform consultations; international help pledged

Guyana is preparing the legislative and budgetary groundwork for constitutional reform  to begin next year, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo said  Friday. He told a news briefing at his Alliance For Change (AFC) headquarters  that he has asked for approximately GYD$80 million to be set aside in the 2017 National Budget to fund the establishment of a secretariat and the holding ...

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FM Greenidge to meet incoming UN Secretary General on Venezuela border controversy

Foreign Minister, Carl Greenidge is  expected to lead a delegation to New York next week to meet with incoming United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres as part of Guyana’ s unrelenting quest to have the border controversy with Venezuela taken to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Minister Raphael Trotman told a post-cabinet briefing that the meeting would be part ...

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Opposition Leader awaits President’s move to select new GECOM Chairman

Now that the Dr Steve Surujbally is about resign from the post of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM),  Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said he was awaiting word from President David Granger who must trigger the constitutional provision for a replacement. The President must consult the Opposition Leader on appointment a chairperson for the elections commission. “According to the Constitution, ...

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Jail drug lords, strengthen democracy and vote with US- Canadian High Commissioner

Canada’s High Commissioner to Guyana, Pierre Giroux says Guyana needs to take several practical actions, including the arrest and conviction of drug lords, and vote with the United States (US) in international organisations to help build solidarity with the incoming Donald Trump administration. “The first thing- do arrest two or three drug lords and then you’ll see you’ll get the ...

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Gov’t must show Hamilton Green’s special contribution to Guyana to justify PM pension

by Derwayne Wills Following government’s intention to grant a Prime Minister’s pension to former Prime Minister and former Georgetown Mayor, Hamilton Green; Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said government must show special contributions to the nation made by Green to validate a Parliamentary Bill granting him alone a Prime Minister’s pension. Jagdeo, during a press conference at his party’s Freedom House headquarters, ...

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