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Granger- WPA talks set for Saturday over claims of no consultation over Roopnaraine’s removal

In the wake of concerns by the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) that it was not consulted before Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine was removed from the post of Minister of Education, government on Friday insisted that there were consultations. “The importance is that the parties were contacted by His Excellency the President, advised about the movement before the movement took place,” Minister ...

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US revokes visas of two PPP parliamentarians, others

The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) late Thursday night said the United States has revoked visitor visas from two of its parliamentarians and several other persons on fraud-related charges. The two PPP legislators -Dharamkumar Seeraj and Nigel Dharamlall-, according to the PPP recently received letters from the Consular Section of the US embassy in Georgetown “informing them that their non-immigrant visas ...

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Jagdeo is a “a waste” and “a relic”- says Trotman during Petroleum Commission Bill debate

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo’s boast that his People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC)-administration is responsible for Guyana becoming an oil-producing nation, and suggestion that the two-year old coalition administration should set up the Norway-model Sovereign Wealth Fund sparked off Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman labelling him a “waste.” Jagdeo called on government to swiftly enact legislation that would pave the ...

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Trotman, Ali clash over Petroleum Commission’s Reserve Fund

People’s Progressive Party (PPP) front-bencher, Irfan Ali and Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman Wednesday night clashed over ministerial oversight and disposal of the Reserve Fund. Ahead of the sending of the Petroleum Commission Bill to a bipartisan parliamentary select committee, Trotman, in kicking off debate on the draft law, rejected the PPP’s claim at a public meeting at Enmore, ...

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Amend constitution to allow foreigners to be nominated for GECOM Chairmanship- Jagdeo

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo Wednesday night said he has floated to President David Granger the idea of amending Guyana’s constitution to allow for foreign nominees for the post of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). In response to Granger’s call for the GECOM nominee to be someone with deep knowledge in electoral matters and especially people who are not ...

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Govt held sham consultations on Guysuco’s future- Jagdeo; investment broker rejects accusation

General Secretary of the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Bharrat Jagdeo Wednesday night accused government of misleading Guyanese that genuine consultations would have been held first before deciding the fate of the bankrupt Guyana Sugar Corporation (Guysuco). Jagdeo said United States-based Guyanese Brian Wesley Kirton was authorised before the consultations to search for investors in Guysuco, “This was before they invited ...

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Roopnaraine no longer Education Minister; Nicolette Henry to take full control of Ministry

Minister of Education, Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine is no longer Minister of Education, and he has been replaced by Nicolette Henry, a move that has prompted grave concerns by the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), a partner in the governing coalition. Minister of State, Joseph Harmon made the announcement earlier Tuesday.  “The President, David Granger this (Tuesday) morning at cabinet briefed cabinet that ...

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President, Opposition Leader meeting: High-level negotiators to be appointed if Jagdeo’s third list fails

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo Monday evening  agreed to submit a third list of nominees for the post of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission and if that list fails to get President David Granger’s approval, a high-level team would iron out the difficulties. “It was also agreed that a high-level team would be assembled representing the President and the Leader ...

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No plan to delay elections- Harmon, amid Donald Ramotar’s concerns

Former President Donald Ramotar’s assertion that the governing coalition has hatched a plan to delay  the next general elections was rubbished Friday by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon. “The administration of President (David) Granger has made it clear that we have no intention of either lengthening or shortening the term of office, that at the time when elections are to ...

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Bar Association calls for swift appointment of GECOM Chairman

The Guyana Bar Association hopes that next Monday’s meeting between President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo will lead to the swift appointment of a Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), and suggested that the Guyanese leader’s decision could be challenged. “Although the issue of the interpretation of Article 161(2) is before the Chief Justice for her consideration, ...

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