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AFC’s Ramjattan as prime ministerial candidate a non-negotiable with APNU

The Alliance For Change’s (AFC) endorsement of party leader, Khemraj Ramjattan, as its prime ministerial candidate for the governing coalition, will not be changed. AFC General Secretary, David Patterson told reporters shortly after his party’s executive was elected at its National Conference on Saturday that the Cummingsburg Accord, a political agreement with A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), provides for ...

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BREAKING: AFC approves Ramjattan for prime ministerial candidate

The Alliance For Change delegates at their National Conference on Saturday voted overwhelmingly for Khemraj Ramjattan to be that party’s prime ministerial candidate, a party spokesman said. Earlier Saturday, Ramjattan was voted in unopposed as the AFC leader. If A Partnership for National Unity agrees, that will mean Ramjattan will replace incumbent Moses Nagamootoo. Nagamootoo left the conference before the ...

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David Patterson back as AFC General Secretary

Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson was Saturday afternoon returned as General Secretary of the Alliance For Change (AFC). He clinched 155 of the more than 250 votes cast for that post. The other contenders were Beverley Alert, Leonard Craig, and Michael Carrington. Incumbent Marlon Williams did not contest for the post of General Secretary. Patterson previously served as General Secretary ...

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New GPL submarine cable boosts supply in East Demerara; West Demerara residents may experience interruptions

The Guyana Power and Light Inc. (GPL) says it successfully energized a new 13.8 kV submarine cable across the Demerara River linking the Vreed-en-Hoop and Kingston power plants on Tuesday. On June 2, GPL’s 69 kV cable sustained damages which resulted in the unavailability of 14 MW of generation to the eastern half of the Demerara-Berbice Interconnected System (DBIS). GPL ...

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Ramjattan is AFC leader, Trotman is Chairman

The Alliance For Change (AFC) on Saturday elected Khemraj Ramjattan as its leader and Raphael Trotman as its Chairman, a party spokesman disclosed. Their election followed a decision by other contenders for both posts to withdraw from the race. Ramjattan and Trotman, who co-founded the AFC with the late Sheila Holder, have over the years switched posts of leader and ...

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Sharma being reassigned to Public Infrastructure Ministry

Minister Jaipaul Sharma has been shifted from the Ministry of Finance to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure as its Junior Minister, sources said. Asked for the reason, the source would only say the move was “to enhance public administration”. Sharma, as Junior Finance Minister, had been named as having met with representatives of the Princess Group that at the time ...

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Minister Patterson cleared of allegations in new Demerara Bridge project

The Guyana Police Force on Friday indicated that Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson has been cleared of corruption and other allegations concerning the hiring of a Netherlands-based company that conducted a feasibility study for a new Demerara River bridge. The police force’s Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) received legal advice that there was no misuse of funds, no evidence ...

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Guyana gov’t will “honour and obey” CCJ judgments on no-confidence motion, GECOM Chairman appointment

Director-General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon said Friday that the Guyana government would abide by next week Tuesday’s judgments on whether last December’s no-confidence motion is valid and if President David Granger’s unilateral appointment of James Patterson as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is unconstitutional. “Whatever decision the court arrives at, it is a decision, ...

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Probe into alleged dismissal of 3 public service officials set for next week

An investigation into the purported dismissal of three employees of the Ministry of the Presidency’s Department of the Public Service is set to begin on Monday, Director-General of the Ministry of the Presidency Joseph Harmon said Friday. He said the three employees are contracted by the Guyana government. They were fired by recently-appointed Public Service Minister, Tabita Sarabo-Halley. According to ...

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Jagdeo shreds coalition-sponsored opinion poll as “fake”; challenges APNU+AFC to call elections now

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday sought to shred a governing coalition-sponsored opinion poll that shows President David Granger is more popular and credible than the opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic’s (PPPC) presidential candidate, Irfaan Ali. “This is a fake poll with fake results that APNU paid for and this intended to talk up their chances at the elections,” Jagdeo ...

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