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PPP says ease of doing business now harder; govt announces IDB-funded fix

The opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) on Monday said evidence shows that Guyana has slipped on the World Bank’s ‘Ease of Doing Business’ ranking, a situation government hopes to remedy with a multi-million dollar project to be funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). PPP Shadow Finance Minister, Irfan Ali, in kicking off debate on the 2018 National Debate, ...

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Suspect in Bouterse murder trial commits suicide

By Ivan Cairo PARAMARIBO – Ruben Rozendaal, a co-defendant in the mass murder trial against Suriname president Desi Bouterse, allegedly committed suicide late Friday night in his apartment in Paramaribo. According to several reliable sources the body of the 61-year old, was found around 10 o’clock local time and subsequently police were called to investigate. Rozendaal’s left arm was cut ...

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ExxonMobil helping Guyana pay legal fees in World Court Guyana-Venezuela border case- sources, but Harmon says ‘no’

The United States (US) oil giant has agreed to help pay Guyana’s legal fees, amounting to just over US$15 million, for taking of the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy to the World Court, despite a government denial earlier Thursday. Other high-level government sources said  that the so-called US$20M signing bonus from Exxon “is to assist with the border process as the UN ...

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2018 National Budget “disastrous”; tax amnesty smacks of a deal- Jagdeo

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo Monday slammed Finance Minister, Winston Jordan’s budget as “disastrous”, saying it failed miserably to keep several of the David Granger-led coalition government’s promises. Jagdeo questioned the sincerity of government to grant amnesty to companies and individuals that have not submitted tax returns which would result in a waiver of the interest rates. “Why now? Why this ...

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Top cop Seelall Persaud ordered to stay off job “in the public interest” as retirement nears

Police Commissioner, Seelall Persaud was Friday sent on leave “in the public interest”, ahead of his retirement at 55 years old five months from now. The substantive top cop was due to resume duty on Friday at the end of four months of accumulated annualised leave. Instead, he was sent a carefully worded letter by Minister of Public Security, Khemraj ...

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AFC disappointed Elections Commissioner is not “youth” or woman” but Granger banks on “experience”

The Alliance For Change (AFC) is disappointed that President David Granger did not select its nominee for appointment as an Elections Commissioner, but the Guyanese leader said he selected Working People’s Alliance (WPA) executive member, Desmond Trotman because of his experience. The AFC was noticeably absent from Trotman’s swearing in at State House, but the President said they are not ...

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Govt violated Constitution in blocking Police promotions- High Court

Chief Justice, Roxane George-Wiltshire on Wednesday ruled that the Executive violated Guyana’s constitution by instructing the Police Service Commission (PSC) not to proceed with the promotion of several senior officers of the Guyana Police Force. The High Court also awarded GY$200,000 in costs to Attorney-at-Law, Rajendra Jaigobin in whose name the constitutional challenge was filed by Attorney-at-Law, Anil Nandlall on ...

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Race, age, PNC rigged elections record, no internal consultation are major concerns in AFC executive about GECOM Chairman; Ramjattan unfazed about e-mail leaks by “rogue elements”

As more leaked email  show major agreements in the Alliance For Change’s (AFC) executive over President David Granger’s unilateral appointment of the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), party chairman Khemraj Ramjattan on Wednesday welcomed the departure of two Canada-based aggrieved executive members. Former AFC General Secretary, David Patterson expressed concern that support for the unilateral appointment was a ...

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AFC submits name to Granger for GECOM Commissioner

The Alliance For Change (AFC) on Tuesday announced that one of its representatives could soon be appointed an elections commissioner, following the death earlier this week of A Partnership for National Unity’s (APNU) representative on that body. “Upon his request, the party has submitted a name to His Excellency President David Granger for consideration in naming a replacement for Ms. ...

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AFC pushes for revised political agreement with APNU by early 2018 ahead of next local govt elections

The Alliance For Change (AFC) wants a revised political pact with A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) before next year’s Valentine’s Day- February 14- the third anniversary of that agreement known as the Cummingsburg Accord. Following a meeting of its National Executive Committee (NEC) at the weekend, the AFC said it wants the revised accord to be put in place ...

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