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Harmon to be parliamentary spokesman on oil

The Guyana government on Friday said the establishment of a separate ministry to govern the lucrative oil and gas sector was not on the cards and that the Minister of State, Joseph Harmon would represent the sector in the National Assembly. “Once it is in the Ministry of the Presidency, the Minister of State is the person who will answer ...

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Guyana Chronicle’s board distances self from decision to discontinue David Hinds, Lincoln Lewis columns

The Board of the Guyana National Newspapers Limited (GNNL) had nothing to do with the decision to inform Professor David Hinds and Trade Unionist Lincoln Lewis that their columns would no longer be published in the state-owned Guyana Chronicle, Board Chairwoman Geeta Chandan-Edmond said. Reacting to a Demerara Waves news report earlier Friday in which the newspaper’s Editor-in-Chief, Nigel Williams ...

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State-owned Guyana Chronicle newspaper pulls columnists often critical of government

The state-owned Guyana Chronicle newspaper has ordered two ardent government supporters, who are often critical of the coalition-led administration, to cease submitting columns to the publication, a move that has drawn stinging suggestions of censorship. Political Science Professor, David Hinds and veteran trade unionist, Lincoln Lewis told Demerara Waves Online News that they were informed on Thursday by the Guyana ...

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President’s Ministry hails Raphael Trotman’s “sterling” contribution to Guyana’s oil sector

The Ministry of the Presidency has refuted reports that Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman has been stripped of responsibility for the petroleum sector and has instead singled out his contribution to laying the groundwork for the fast-growing oil and gas sector. “The Natural Resources Minister has provided sterling leadership in the development of the sector and it is under ...

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Police Commissioner says did nothing wrong to self-grant firearm permits; Ramjattan tells reporters “haul yuh ass”

Outgoing Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud on Wednesday defended his decision to apply for personal firearm licences, saying that he was merely following what most other outgoing Police Commissioners had done. “If you look historically over the past twenty-five years, you would see that all the Commissioners, maybe with the exception of one, granted themselves firearm licences,” he said shortly after ...

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AFC-sponsored no-confidence motion against Town Clerk unlikely to get APNU support

An Alliance For Change (AFC)-sponsored no-confidence motion against Town Clerk Royston King is likely to be defeated because A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) councillors were not properly consulted, a senior politician and councillor said Tuesday. Oscar Clarke of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR)-dominated APNU said he was unsure whether the motion, which was moved by AFC councillors Sherod ...

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AFC-aligned councillors file no-confidence motion against Town Clerk

Former Deputy Mayor, Sherod Duncan on Monday filed a no-confidence motion against Town Clerk, Royston King. The motion may come up for debate next month. The motion, which was seconded by Deputy Mayor Lionel Jaikarran, cites a long list of alleged administrative transgressions by King. The motion charges, among other things, that the Town Clerk removed vendors from Stabroek Market ...

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Rastafarians prepare for High Court challenge of marijuana criminalisation

Rastafarians on Monday walked twelve miles from Buxton to Georgetown to pressure government to decrminalise the possession of small amounts of marijuana for cultural and religious reasons, and said they were preparing to take their case to the constitutional court. The Society for Marijuana Advocates for Reform and Treatment (SMART) plans to meet shortly with the Rastafarian community to see ...

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“No guarantee” PPP will regain power; better to fight for constitutional reform, executive power sharing- Bisram

A New York-based¬† Guyanese teacher and political commentator, who has constantly predicted a People’s Progressive Party (PPP) victory, on Saturday said the incumbent David Granger-led coalition would be in power for the foreseeable future. “There is no guarantee they would return to government. It is my analysis that those in government would remain in office for decades to come,” Bisram ...

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Guyana’s President signals need for foreign help for GDF

President David Granger Thursday midnight- on the eve of Guyana’s 48th Republic anniversary- ratcheted up talk of heightened border security and said he hoped international aid would be provided to the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) to execute a number of tasks including territorial protection. “Guyana looks forward to the intensification of cooperation with friendly, foreign states, especially in building capacity ...

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