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APNU, AFC locked in battle over formula for parliamentary seats

The Alliance For Change (AFC) and A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) are yet to agree to a formula for allocating parliamentary seats after the March 2, 2020 general elections, with APNU Chairman, David Granger and AFC Leader Khemraj Ramjattan set to meet again next week Monday. The two political leaders are yet to agree on how their coalition’s winnings ...

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Western diplomats laud GECOM Chair appointment

Key diplomats on Friday afternoon welcomed the appointment of retired Justice Claudette Singh as the new Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). British High Commissioner Greg Quinn tweeted, “I welcome this extremely positive development. I look forward to meeting the new GECOM chair. All relevant actors are to be congratulated on this agreement. #Guyana”. Canadian High Commissioner to Guyana, ...

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Jagdeo-Granger meeting in early January on post no-confidence issues; govt should perform only “routine functions”- Jagdeo

Opposition Leader Bharrat  Jagdeo on Monday announced that President David Granger has agreed with him early next month after the Guyanese leader returns from Cuba from another round of cancer treatment. Jagdeo said Minister of State, Joseph Harmon has since written him, stating that the President would be willing to meet with him at a date to be set in ...

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Amerindian Lands project nears end 25% complete; will require another 10 years—VP Allicock

Four and a half years into a five year Government Amerindian Land Titling Project, its work programme only 26 per cent completed. The project life comes to an end in October 2018, having stared in 2013 and, according to Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Vice President Sidney Allicock, the work programme will require another decade work before it could be ...

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Confessed killer of Canadian mining official charged with murder

A man, who police said confessed to the killing of an official of Guyana Goldfields, was Tuesday arraigned on a charge of murder. Twenty-year old Anthony Ragnauth of 72 Middle Road, La Penitence was arrested on May 23, 2018 and charged on May 29, 2018 with the murder of Neil Whyte. City Magistrate Daly remanded the accused to prison until ...

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Jagdeo supports non-custodial sentences for marijuana possession; says no to cultivation, sale

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo says he is in favour of decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of cannabis sativa (marijuana/ganja) to allow for non-custodial sentences, such as community service and rehabilitation. He gave the pronouncement during a press engagement held at the Leader of the Opposition’ Office in Church Street, Georgetown on Thursday. The former President was adamant however, he ...

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Former Bishop’s High School teacher for High Court trial on sexual offence charge

Former Bishop’s High School teacher, Coen Jackson was Tuesday committed to stand trial in the High Court for a sexual offence. Principal Magistrate, Judy Latchman found that there was sufficient evidence for Jackson to be trialed by a judge and jury for the charge of engaging in sexual activity with a child under 16 years old by abusing the position trust. ...

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Parliamentarians approve $2.5B more for planes, border controversy legal fees, CJIA project

The National Assembly on Friday approved in excess of $2.5B in supplementary provisions to be expended in addition to previously voted amounts for the Annual Budget. The vote came just about 19:30hrs, following a robust scrutiny of the Financial Paper #2/2018 submitted by Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan and subsequently unanimously approved. The provisions sought included amounts for the payment ...

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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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Charges against top PPP/C officials a plot to undermine party’s 2020 Candidates List—Jagdeo

The Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) is bracing itself for more of its top officials to be hauled before the courts in what is being called a campaign by the David Granger administration to not only destroy the reputation of its members but to seek to influence convictions in order to prevent persons from being eligible to be placed on ...

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