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BREAKING: AFC to contest local govt elections alone after “inconclusive negotiations” with APNU

The Alliance For Change (AFC) on Sunday announced that it will contest the upcoming Local Government Elections on November 12 alone. “This decision was reached following the inconclusive negotiations with APNU,” the AFC said. The AFC also says it will not contest in all local government areas in villages and towns. “The party is currently determining which municipalities and constituencies ...

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Christian church leaders tell govt don’t scrap buggery laws; SASOD says gay rights not a big political issue for voters

At least 100 of Guyana’s Christian Evangelical and Pentecostal church leaders on Sunday collectively called on government not to outlaw buggery, but the country’s major lesbian and gay rights organisation is not worried that government will buckle to pressure at the risk of losing votes in a general election. Head of SASOD, Joel Simpson said the removal of colonial-era buggery laws ...

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Jagdeo accuses Granger of “double standards” on education, jobs, employment

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday backed President David Granger’s Emancipation call for entrepreneurship, self-sufficiency and education, but took umbrage at the Guyanese leader’s admonition that they should be ashamed if they do not work. “This is the duplicity, the double-standard. Government is just borrowing, taxing all of that- the same ordinary people and so I agree with urging people ...

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Granger defends appointment of Environmental Economist to head Energy Department

President David Granger on Thursday defended the appointment of Dr. Mark Bynoe, an environmental economist, to head the Department of Energy which would, among other things, decide on granting oil concessions and licences. While conceding that Bynoe was not experienced in the oil and gas sector, the President said the head of the new body would be responsible for mobilising ...

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PPP decentralises selection of local govt election candidates, councillors must have time

The opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has decentralised the selection of candidates for the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE) with at least 50 percent expected to be non-party members, but they must first have time to attend council meetings, party General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo announced Thursday. “We allow the ground; in each of the 81 areas they will do their ...

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Families of massacred Lindo Creek miners should be compensated; former President, others should be questioned in a re-opened probe- report

A Commission of Inquiry has recommended compensation for family members of the eight miners whose burnt remains were found at a mining camp  at Lindo Creek, Upper Berbice River area in 2008. “The basis for recommending compensation is that many of the families have suffered financially from the deaths of their husbands or fathers who were at the time supporting ...

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Ramotar, PPP, WPA weigh in on election rigging, governance, oil wealth distribution

Former President Donald Ramotar on Wednesday-Emancipation Day 2018- warned Guyanese that if upcoming local and general elections are rigged it could forfeit the country’s democratic gains and crush legacy of African liberation from slavery. The opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP), for its part, hailed the struggle by Africans against slavery and oppression. At the same time, that party called for ...

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Afro-Guyanese deserve 15,000 square miles of territory as partial compensation for enslavement; law being drafted for African land rights

The Guyana Reparations Committee is drafting legislation to allow Afro-Guyanese to secure a percentage of Guyana’s territory as compensation for slavery in the same way that Amerindians have been legally guaranteed land rights, a move Retired Rear Admiral Gary Best supports. “I believe that unless the State acknowledges its responsibility, we’ll only be looking towards the external reparations which is ...

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President Granger delivers hard-hitting speech on Emancipation Eve… stop idling, return to the land, educate yourself for oil economy

President David Granger Tuesday night- Emancipation Eve- urged Guyanese to become educated to take advantage of the country’s emerging oil wealth as the route towards economic emancipation. In what appeared to be his frankest public address yet to the Afro-Guyanese community, he called on them to cease idling and depending on others for monies, but use their talent to create ...

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Several govt MPs refused to vote for FIU staff duty free vehicle concessions because motion was illegal

Several government ministers did not vote for duty-free concessions for two officials of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) because the route that was being used was illegal, a number of ministers said Tuesay. Those abstaining were Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin; Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge who is a former Finance Minister.  ...

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