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ExxonMobil concession should remain “intact” for strategic border security reasons

Guyana is not eager for ExxonMobil to relinquish any of the 60 blocks on the offshore concession that extends to the borders with Venezuela and Suriname, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman. He said the ExxonMobil block should “remain intact” as it had been granted in 1999 because “we believe that the circumstances have not diminished”. Contradicting critics that the handing ...

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Minister David Patterson’s statement on brother’s arrest in Grenada for alleged cocaine trafficking

As 47-year old Derrick Patterson remained on remand in a Grenadian prison pending trial for alleged cocaine trafficking, his brother- Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson- Thursday night said he and his family believed that Derrick must bear “full responsibility” for the alleged crime. “Our position is that Derrick is a matured adult of 47 years and he must bear ...

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Ashni Singh, Brassington in High Court challenge of legality of criminal charges

Former Finance Minister Dr. Ashni Singh and former Head of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), Winston Brassington have asked the High Court to throw out charges of misconduct in public office because there is no legal basis. “The common law offence of misconduct in public office cannot be committed where the servant in question is specifically excluded from ...

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Gays, lesbians must leverage votes for scrapping of buggery, cross-dressing laws- GTUC Chief

The Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) on Wednesday urged lesbians and gays to use their votes as bargaining chips in elections to get government to scrap discriminatory colonial laws. “As an organised demographic where you are not only citizens but workers and voters, you’re urged to intensify the use if your power to ensure the structural deficiencies in society and ...

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Jagdeo opposes “criminalisation” of free speech in Cyber Crime Bill; erroneously tacks sedition charge on Benschop

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday said his party opposes contentious provisions in the Cyber Crime Bill that could clamp down on free speech, hours after Attorney General Basil Williams reiterated that the draft law would be taken back to Cabinet. Williams said he backed Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan’s position that the amendment is necessary to allow government to ...

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AFC, APNU running Guyana “collectively” despite some disagreements- Ramjattan

The Alliance For Change (AFC) on Friday shied away from singling out any particular demand it successfully made from A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) during the past three years that the coalition has been in office. Instead, party Chairman, Khemraj Ramjattan opted to say that it collectively contributed to administration’s policies and programmes. “Almost all that we have managed to ...

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Cabinet approved out of court settlements based on Attorney General’s proposals—Harmon

It was the Cabinet Council of Ministers that approved the several billions in payments—stemming from court matters brought against the State—based on proposals submitted by Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams, a result of the mess left by his predecessor, Anil Nandlall. This was confirmed by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon today, during a post Cabinet press ...

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Guyana’s constitutional reform process lagging; secrecy shrouds APNU-AFC local govt talks

Constitutional reform, one of the major campaign promises of the governing coalition, is not a priority agenda item for talks between A Partnership for National Unity and the Alliance For Change (AFC),  top AFC officials said Friday. AFC Chairman, Khemraj Ramjattan said the parliamentary agenda is stacked with “other matters and we (National Assembly) haven’t been meeting as regularly” for ...

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