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OPINION: Naming an elections date – who is who and what is what

By GHK Lall It does not appear that there is anything on which the government and opposition can agree regarding the elections machinery as a whole, and the state of elections readiness by GECOM. To repeat for emphasis: almost nothing, if absolutely not anything. So there is a hard, jarring standstill on most things, except the clashing rhetoric, which only ...

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OPINION: Leaders taking this country down an uncontrollable road; time for regional, international mediation

By GHK Lall The road in Guyana keeps getting rougher: from hardline to deadline to immovable lines in the mud. The word is: No way! Not today! None of this leaves any room to maneuver; less space for optimism for those few citizens who do not proudly number themselves in the ranks of the unalterably committed (politically) and the increasingly ...

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OPINION: Democracy & Elections: Navigating Guyana’s muddy waters

By Professor Evan Ellis From February 19 through 27, I traveled to Georgetown, Guyana, to speak with individuals in the government and the private sector about the nation’s security challenges and internal dynamics. The country is in a potentially explosive political crisis with at least some similarities to the polarized situation in Washington, DC. In the midst of legal battles ...

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Ramjattan assures any elections violence will be quelled; smooth transition if PPP wins; Rohee warns “be careful with the guarantees you’re giving”

Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan has promised that police would not shoot any protesters and would instead do all it can to maintain peace during and after elections including a smooth change of government if the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is voted back into office. “We gonna try as best not to shoot protesters, as has happened in the ...

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OPINION: The constitutional crisis is really a deep political crisis rife with ethno-political implications

By David Hinds Many people are sweating over the impending “constitutional crisis” on March 19. My view is that there is already a constitutional crisis—the two political titans are interpreting the constitution differently. Since constitutions by their very nature are not as explicit as other documents, this disagreement is to be expected. That is where judicial review comes in—the judicial ...

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OPINION: A recommended case study for the PPP and PNC

By GHK Lall As the PPP and PNC struggle with their mutilating histories and presences, I believe that both can learn, if they so desire, and adapt, if they are bold enough, from the English and the Americans. Their records and lessons of history are instructive. The British and Americans fought a war; relations can’t deteriorate to a worst place. ...

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OPINION: Gov’t must show some backbone to confront RUSAL’s “industrial terrorism”

by GHK Lall Something has to be made clear and straight: this is Guyana in 2019, and not the post 1917 USSR. The concerted line of attack against the workers in the bauxite industry by RUSAL points to a premeditated remorselessness that has not a single thread of healthy labor-management relations about it, or industrial relations best practices, or regard ...

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