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Govt. rejects one-off payment for Hammie Green …approves multi-million pension package instead

by Gary Eleazar The National Assembly today (March 9, 2017) approved of a multi-million dollar pension package for Former Prime, Minister Hamilton Green (1985-1992), despite boisterous protestations on the part of the political opposition. The Bill was successfully piloted by Finance Minister, Winston Jordan, on behalf of the coalition A Partnership for National Unity, Alliance for Change (APNU-AFC) Government.   ...

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Presidential Ministry clarifies Granger’s remarks about “calls for mobilisation of foot soldiers”

The Ministry of the Presidency  early Thursday evening clarified that President Granger did not refer to street protests in his address to Guyana Defence Force (GDF) officers at the annual officers’ conference. Other than the PPP, there have been no other strident call for supporters of any other political party or organisation to respond with protests, but the Ministry of ...

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Granger tells Jagdeo qualities of nominees for GECOM Chairman

President David Granger on Wednesday identified the three major qualities of nominees for the post of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), the Presidential Ministry said in a statement. They were disclosed in a meeting he held with Opposition Leader, Mr. Bharrat Jagdeo- the second round of talks held in just over a week to discuss the much talked-about ...

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SOCU’s UK adviser defends arrest of Jagdeo, Luncheon; PPP denies it fixed house lot deals

The Financial Investigation expert attached to the Guyana Police Force’s Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), Dr Sam Sittlington on Wednesday defended the decision to arrest former Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon and Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo. “This is a police investigation, this is not a PPP (People’s Progressive Party) investigation. The police dictate where they interview the ...

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SOCU questions more former PPP ministers

It’s Day Two of questioning of former People’s Progressive Party (PPP) ministers by the Special Organised Crime Unit of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) about how they acquired seaside lands allegedly at below market prices. Former Education Minister, Priya Manickchand left SOCU’s headquarters shortly before 10 AM. She did not discuss details of her more than one-hour long questioning, saying ...

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Jagdeo shelters under presidential immunity during SOCU interrogation about Pradoville 2; Luncheon, Ramotar’s daughter among others released from custody

Former President, Bharrat Jagdeo on Tuesday said he invoked presidential immunity when he was questioned by investigators of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) in connection with his acquisition of seaside house lots at Ogle-Sparendaam, East Coast Demerara (PradoVille 2) below market value. “They asked me several questions relating to the Pradoville transaction and I made a short statement because ...

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UPDATED: Jagdeo, Luncheon, Robert Persaud arrested, released; others still detained

            Four former top government officials including Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and Head of the Presidential Secretariat Dr Roger Luncheon were Tuesday arrested and questioned in connection with their acquisition of seaside housing lands at Goedverwagting-Sparendaam (Pradoville 2) Jagdeo, Luncheon and former Natural Resources Minister Robert Persaud were questioned and released from custody. They were ...

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Court shuts down request to pause parking meter project

Justice Brassington Reynolds today turned down an application made by attorney Kamal Ramkarran to put the parking meter regime on pause until the judicial review is complete. Reynolds read the decision today after Ramkarran made the application at the last hearing for interim relief from the parking meter project. At that hearing, the Court rejected an application by attorney Roger ...

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Opposition leader warns of street protests over GECOM Chairman appointment

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Sunday warned that Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) supporters would engage in street protests if President David Granger unilaterally appoints a Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). He said Guyana’s constiution does not provide for the President to go ahead and appoint a Chairman on his own. “We will not take that sitting down. We ...

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