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Granger might remain in office out of “necessity” if no elections deal with Jagdeo, but contracts, orders will be questionable – panel

President David Granger and his government might remain in office as a matter of “necessity” if he does not first give into Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo’s demands to name an election date first before the People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) support to extend the 90-day time-frame within which Guyanese must go to the polls, officials said. “The debate arises: what happens ...

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GECOM Chairman, coalition commissioners criminally charged with violating Guyana’s constitution

The Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Retired Justice James Patterson and that body’s three coalition-appointed commissioners were Tuesday charged criminally with violating Guyana’s constitution, resulting in a failure to hold general elections within 90 days of the passage of a no-confidence motion. The private criminal charge was filed by well-known Civil Engineer and activist, Marcel Gaskin. In a ...

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Jagdeo’s “irresponsible” call to chase out Granger, other gov’t officials can breach peace – gov’t

The Guyana government on Monday cautioned Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo that his call on supporters to chase out President David Granger and other government officials from their communities could breach the peace and incite racial hostilities in an election year. “Mr. Jagdeo has a history of wanton utterances and his most recent at Babu Jaan has serious implications on peace, ...

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SARA serves papers on Jagdeo to recover his seaside property; calls reporter’s question “stupid”

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday confirmed that High Court marshals served him with court papers on behalf the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA), and his lawyers plan to respond. “I received it. My lawyers are dealing with it,” he told a news conference. The marshals caught up with Jagdeo at the Church Street-based Opposition Leader’s office. “I didn’t even ...

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GRA asks Court to clear tax cases backlog including GTT’s

While the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) raked in almost GYD$200 billion in taxes last year, it wants the court system to hear a more than 20-year backlog of cases, including one against the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GTT) company, GRA Commissioner-General Godfrey Statia said. Government officials have said GTT wants a US$44 million claim settled before agreeing to formal liberalisation ...

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Christopher Ram asks Court to declare no-confidence motion validly passed to avoid “chaos, confusion”, jittery investment climate

Fearing a constitutional crisis and adverse impact on the investment climate if general elections are not held by March 21, 2018, well-known political commentator Christopher Ram has petitioned the High Court to immediately order the President and Cabinet to resign and for Guyanese to go to the polls. He wants the High Court to find that the no-confidence motion was ...

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GECOM Chairman sick leave extended; Constitution provides for temporary chair

As the Guyana President and the Opposition Leader prepare to hold talks on Wednesday on the contentious no-confidence motion, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman’s sick leave has been extended following medical advice. “Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission, Retired Justice James Patterson has informed that his medical leave has been extended following a visit to his doctor on 7th ...

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High Court asked to quash no-confidence motion; says Charrandas Persaud was Canadian since 1998

The High Court was Friday asked to quash a no-confidence motion against the Guyana Government on the grounds that former government parliamentarian, Charrandas Persaud, who sided with the opposition to pass the motion had falsely declared that he was a Guyanese citizen, but immigration records show that he has been a Canadian citizen since 1998. In the complaint filed by ...

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As Jagdeo, Granger prepare for crucial meeting, Nandlall says court can’t extend election deadline after House approves no-confidence motion; Charrandas Persaud’s ‘Yes’ vote irreversible

Shadow Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall on Thursday rubbished Attorney General Basil Williams’ announcement that the government would ask the High Court to delay the holding of general elections within 90 days after the House approved an opposition no-confidence motion of 33 to 32. “The court has no jurisdiction to entertain this matter so as to ...

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DPP Shalimar Ali-Hack among five named Senior Counsel

President David Granger has conferred the honour of Senior Counsel on five legal practitioners who have displayed a high quality of service in the legal profession and in their knowledge of the law, with effect from January 1, 2019, the Ministry of the Presidency said Monday. The long-serving legal practitioners are Mrs. Shalimar Ali-Hack, Mr. Stephen Fraser, Mrs. Carole James-Boston, Mr. Robert Ramcharran ...

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