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David Patterson back as AFC General Secretary

Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson was Saturday afternoon returned as General Secretary of the Alliance For Change (AFC). He clinched 155 of the more than 250 votes cast for that post. The other contenders were Beverley Alert, Leonard Craig, and Michael Carrington. Incumbent Marlon Williams did not contest for the post of General Secretary. Patterson previously served as General Secretary ...

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Ramjattan is AFC leader, Trotman is Chairman

The Alliance For Change (AFC) on Saturday elected Khemraj Ramjattan as its leader and Raphael Trotman as its Chairman, a party spokesman disclosed. Their election followed a decision by other contenders for both posts to withdraw from the race. Ramjattan and Trotman, who co-founded the AFC with the late Sheila Holder, have over the years switched posts of leader and ...

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Sharma being reassigned to Public Infrastructure Ministry

Minister Jaipaul Sharma has been shifted from the Ministry of Finance to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure as its Junior Minister, sources said. Asked for the reason, the source would only say the move was “to enhance public administration”. Sharma, as Junior Finance Minister, had been named as having met with representatives of the Princess Group that at the time ...

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Minister Patterson cleared of allegations in new Demerara Bridge project

The Guyana Police Force on Friday indicated that Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson has been cleared of corruption and other allegations concerning the hiring of a Netherlands-based company that conducted a feasibility study for a new Demerara River bridge. The police force’s Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) received legal advice that there was no misuse of funds, no evidence ...

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Guyana gov’t will “honour and obey” CCJ judgments on no-confidence motion, GECOM Chairman appointment

Director-General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon said Friday that the Guyana government would abide by next week Tuesday’s judgments on whether last December’s no-confidence motion is valid and if President David Granger’s unilateral appointment of James Patterson as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is unconstitutional. “Whatever decision the court arrives at, it is a decision, ...

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Probe into alleged dismissal of 3 public service officials set for next week

An investigation into the purported dismissal of three employees of the Ministry of the Presidency’s Department of the Public Service is set to begin on Monday, Director-General of the Ministry of the Presidency Joseph Harmon said Friday. He said the three employees are contracted by the Guyana government. They were fired by recently-appointed Public Service Minister, Tabita Sarabo-Halley. According to ...

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Jagdeo shreds coalition-sponsored opinion poll as “fake”; challenges APNU+AFC to call elections now

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday sought to shred a governing coalition-sponsored opinion poll that shows President David Granger is more popular and credible than the opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic’s (PPPC) presidential candidate, Irfaan Ali. “This is a fake poll with fake results that APNU paid for and this intended to talk up their chances at the elections,” Jagdeo ...

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Roger Luncheon rushed to hospital

Former Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon was Thursday morning rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, well-placed sources said. Luncheon has not been seen at Freedom House, the opposition People’s Progressive Party’s headquarters, and the Opposition Leader’s Office for several weeks now during which he has been extremely ill. He was last seen at a public event at ...

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CCJ to rule on GECOM Chair appointment

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) will next week Tuesday hand down its decision on whether President David Granger’s unilateral appointment of James Patterson to head the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) was constitutional. “The first judgment will determine whether the appointment, or the process followed in the appointment, of Guyana’s Elections Commission Chairman breached the Constitution,” the CCJ said. The ...

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