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Col. Omar Khan is acting Chief-of-Staff; Brigadier Bess returns next week

The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) on Monday said Colonel Omar Khan is acting Chief-of-Staff because the substantive Chief of Staff Brigadier Godfrey Bess and the Colonel General Staff, Julius Skeete have been given approval to pursue training overseas. Acting Chief-of-Staff, Brigadier Godfrey Bess will return to office next Monday, 3rd July, 2022, at the end of a three-week residency of ...

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“Guyana will be no pawn or puppet of any foreign power”- Irfaan Ali

President Irfaan Ali on Thursday said no foreign military bases would be established in Guyana unless requested and that Guyana would independently decide who are its friends. “Guyana will be no pawn or puppet of any foreign power. No foreign power will establish a presence that we,  we Guyana and the Guyana Defence Force do not request but we’ll exercise ...

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Regional, international pressure mounts on Venezuela to release Guyanese fishing boats, crew

Venezuela is coming under mounting international pressure to release two Guyanese fishing vessels and 11 crew members that were intercepted by the Venezuelan Navy in Atlantic waters that both neighbouring South American nations claim as theirs. The United States (US), the Organisation of American States (OAS) and the 15-nation Caribbean Community called separately for the crew and vessels, Lady Nayera ...

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US not planning military bases in the Western Hemisphere- SOUTHCOM Commander

The United States Defence Department on Tuesday ruled out establishing a military base in Guyana or elsewhere in the Americas, but maintained that it would work with other nations to preserve democracy, promote human rights and fight transnational crime. Commander of the Defence Department’s Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) Admiral Craig Faller told a joint news conference with Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana ...

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Soldier in fireworks explosion dies

One of the nine soldiers injured in the fireworks explosion on the weekend at the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Coast Guard headquarters died on Sunday morning, the Ministry of the Presidency said. Corporal Seon Ross 21331 succumbed to his injuries at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he was receiving treatment following an explosion on Saturday around 1:30 pm ...

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GDF cancels fireworks display after explosion injures several soldiers, damage pyrotechnics

The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) late Saturday afternoon announced that the fireworks display to usher in the country’s 50th Republic anniversary has been cancelled due to shock and injuries that several soldiers sustained during an explosion of the pyrotechnic devices that were to be used for the fireworks display. “This is due to the fact that while ranks of the ...

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Soldiers injured in fireworks explosion

Guyana’s 50th Republic Anniversary observance was marred by the injury of several soldiers on Saturday when pyrotechnic devices exploded while they were being offloaded at the Coast Guard headquarters of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), a source confirmed. At least one of the soldiers was hospitalised in critical condition, a source confirmed. Ahead of an official GDF statement, sources said ...

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Disciplined services early voting today

Early voting on Friday in Guyana’s general elections is underway by members of the disciplined services ahead of the nationally-scheduled date for polling because they will be required to maintain law and order while civilians vote on March 2 and the country awaits the results which can take as many as five days. The Guyana Elections Commission says 10,226 personnel ...

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PPP’s anti-crime strategy to create jobs, reduce poverty -Retired Brigadier Mark Phillips

Former Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force, retired Brigadier Mark Phillips on Sunday night said an integrated anti-crime and security strategy would be put in place to fight the scourge and create jobs. “This anti-crime and security strategy will be linked to other strategies for employment creation and poverty alleviation throughout our society and it will help to ...

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