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No election rigging, promises Granger

President David Granger on Friday said categorically that he has no intention of rigging elections, even as he explained his commitment to his People’s National Congress Reform’s (PNCR) late founder-leader, Forbes Burnham. “I have never rigged an election in my life. I have no intention of ever doing so,” said Granger who has been a PNCR member for more than ...

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President lets go of three presidential advisors

President David Granger announced that he has gotten rid of his three of his advisors, including two former army chiefs, and has offered them executive positions. At his first press conference in just over two years, the Guyanese leader said Presidential Advisor on Youth Empowerment, Aubrey Norton; Presidential Advisor on Security; Retired Brigadier Edward Collins and Presidential Advisor on the ...

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‘Heal Guyana’ formed to treat “fractured country”

A new civil society organisation, Heal Guyana, has been formed to help the “fractured country” deal with growing social and political mistrust by promoting positive behaviour and attitudes. “Heal Guyana will be an inclusive platform meant to offer positive insights and solutions towards racial unity, political impartiality, gender balance, sexual orientation inclusivity and public accountability,” the grouping said in a statement. ...

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Foreign Minister says signing bonus disclosure poses risk to border controversy battle

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge on Thursday defended government’s more than one year secrecy of a US$18 million signing bonus from ExxonMobil, saying that publicity about the deal could potentially have serious implications for Guyana in relation to the border controversy with Venezuela. He told reporters that now that details about the signing bonus have been disclosed, Venezuela was ...

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Signing bonus for Consolidated Fund at the right time; PPP govt failed to pass CGX funds through govt accounts- Finance Minister

Finance Minister, Winston Jordan says the US$18 million signing bonus from ExxonMobil will be paid into Guyana’s Consolidated Fund whenever government decides to use the funds for the intended purpose. “The 18 million is in a special account at the Bank of Guyana. It’s there because it’s designed for a special purpose. whenever that special purpose is activated, the monies ...

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Not all ministers were aware of ExxonMobil’s signing bonus; there was “non-disclosure” but not “deception”- Granger

President David Granger on Wednesday said not all Cabinet members might have been aware about the US$18 million signing bonus. He defended the secrecy of the transaction, saying it was a matter of national security and that the cash is in a special account to be used for a matter concerning national security. “I am not sure that all the ...

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Canadian oil company didn’t pay signing bonus for for Guyana-Suriname boundary dispute legal fees- Jagdeo

Former President, Bharrat Jagdeo on Tuesday said the Canadian oil company, CGX Energy, had paid legal fees directly to lawyers for the Guyana government and that company lawyers in fighting the maritime boundary dispute with Suriname at the United Nations Tribunal of the Law of the Sea. “As President, as far as I am concerned and I am aware of, ...

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PSC condemns calling in of police at Parliament Building; appeals for patience, understanding

Guyana’s Private Sector Commission (PSC) Tuesday night condemned the calling in of police at Parliament Building to remove opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) parliamentarian, Juan Edghill after he refused House Speaker, Dr. Barton Scotland’s instruction to leave the Chamber. “The involvement of law enforcement, apart from being an unacceptable overreaction, is an unfortunate occurrence. It does not augur well ...

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Juan Edghill released from custody but won’t violate parliamentary suspension

Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) parliamentarian, Juan Edghill was Tuesday released from police custody after lawmen blocked him from entering Parliament Building because he was suspended for alleged misconduct. Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo said the PPP would not push for Edghill’s return to the National Assembly because it does not want to be distracted from scrutinising the budgetary expenditures for ...

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PPP parliamentarian Juan Edghill arrested; suspended for several days

Opposition Parliamentarian, Juan Edghill was Tuesday suspended for the remainder of all sittings until February, minutes after he was arrested at Brickdam and Avenue of the Republic and prevented from entering Parliament Building. Edghill refused to enter the police vehicle unless he was told what offence he was being arrested for. Instead, he opted to walk to the nearby Brickdam Police ...

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