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Police Commissioner says did nothing wrong to self-grant firearm permits; Ramjattan tells reporters “haul yuh ass”

Outgoing Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud on Wednesday defended his decision to apply for personal firearm licences, saying that he was merely following what most other outgoing Police Commissioners had done. “If you look historically over the past twenty-five years, you would see that all the Commissioners, maybe with the exception of one, granted themselves firearm licences,” he said shortly after ...

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AFC-sponsored no-confidence motion against Town Clerk unlikely to get APNU support

An Alliance For Change (AFC)-sponsored no-confidence motion against Town Clerk Royston King is likely to be defeated because A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) councillors were not properly consulted, a senior politician and councillor said Tuesday. Oscar Clarke of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR)-dominated APNU said he was unsure whether the motion, which was moved by AFC councillors Sherod ...

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AFC-aligned councillors file no-confidence motion against Town Clerk

Former Deputy Mayor, Sherod Duncan on Monday filed a no-confidence motion against Town Clerk, Royston King. The motion may come up for debate next month. The motion, which was seconded by Deputy Mayor Lionel Jaikarran, cites a long list of alleged administrative transgressions by King. The motion charges, among other things, that the Town Clerk removed vendors from Stabroek Market ...

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Rastafarians prepare for High Court challenge of marijuana criminalisation

Rastafarians on Monday walked twelve miles from Buxton to Georgetown to pressure government to decrminalise the possession of small amounts of marijuana for cultural and religious reasons, and said they were preparing to take their case to the constitutional court. The Society for Marijuana Advocates for Reform and Treatment (SMART) plans to meet shortly with the Rastafarian community to see ...

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“No guarantee” PPP will regain power; better to fight for constitutional reform, executive power sharing- Bisram

A New York-based  Guyanese teacher and political commentator, who has constantly predicted a People’s Progressive Party (PPP) victory, on Saturday said the incumbent David Granger-led coalition would be in power for the foreseeable future. “There is no guarantee they would return to government. It is my analysis that those in government would remain in office for decades to come,” Bisram ...

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Guyana’s President signals need for foreign help for GDF

President David Granger Thursday midnight- on the eve of Guyana’s 48th Republic anniversary- ratcheted up talk of heightened border security and said he hoped international aid would be provided to the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) to execute a number of tasks including territorial protection. “Guyana looks forward to the intensification of cooperation with friendly, foreign states, especially in building capacity ...

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ExxonMobil was not entitled to CGX-like contract- Jagdeo; “We are not going back on it”- govt

The Guyana government on Thursday said definitively that it would not be revising the Production Sharing Agreement with ExxonMobil, the same day that Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo questioned why government did not negotiate better contracts than those signed by former Presidents Janet Jagan and Donald Ramotar. The 2016 agreement between government and ExxonMobil contains a number of contentious clauses that ...

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Efforts made to ensure Ethnic Relations Commission is not politically compromised

Chairman of Parliament’s Appointments Committee, Dr. George Norton on Thursday said the protracted delay in the appointment of new members of the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) was due to efforts to ensure the commission was not unduly influenced by politics. “Both sides of the political divide were feverishly working towards it (Commissioners’ appointment) but yet you had to be careful ...

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Govt parliamentarian not interfering in birth registration process, says Felix

Minister of Citizenship, Winston Felix Wednesday afternoon refuted all claims that government parliamentarian, Richard Allen was interfering in the birth certificate registration process in Region One (Barima-Waini). Felix also legitimised Allen’s involvement in the outreach activity last week, which was conducted by the General Registrar’s Office (GRO) in Barima-Waini (Region One) to provide registration services for residents there. Minister Felix was ...

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Region Two REO instructs spending from wrong allocation- Regional Engineer

Even as Regional Executive Officer (REO) of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Rupert Hopkinson dodged questions before the House Public Accounts Committee (PAC) about whether capital projects were being financed from funds allocated for current expenditure,  the Regional Engineer, Latchmin Singh testified that cash from the wrong source was being spent based on the REO’s instruction. PAC Chairman, Irfan Ali asked Guyana’s ...

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