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No money for Commissioner of Information; Civil Defence now under GDF

No money has been allocated to the Office of the Commissioner of Information for 2019, Minister of State Joseph Harmon said Monday. He made the disclosure during consideration of estimates of expenditure for next year. The Commissioner of Information, Retired Justice Charles Ramson has security of tenure under the law. However, since the government changed in May 2015, he has ...

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Parliamentary sitting delayed after PPP delivers letters on Nagamootoo in the House

The start of the consideration of estimates for Guyana’s government ministries and other state entities was off to a late start on Monday, prompted by the opposition challenging the constitutionality of the Prime Minister sitting in the House while performing presidential duties. The sitting was scheduled to begin at 10 AM but instead started at about 10:45. Opposition Chief Whip, ...

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PPP stiffens constitutional challenge to PM Nagamootoo’s presence in the National Assembly

The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Sunday intensified its legal stance against Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo sitting in the National Assembly while performing presidential duties in the absence of President Davdi Granger who is away for cancer treatment. PPP Shadow Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandall told Demerara Waves Online News that opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira would be dispatching ...

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Prime Minister vows to remain in National Assembly; accuses Jagdeo of plotting govt shutdown

As the National Assembly prepares to vote on 2019 national budgetary allocations from next Monday, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo rejected Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo’s position that he has vacate his seat in the House because he is performing presidential duties. “The Prime Minister, performing any functions, one or more, has never been invited to vacate the membership of the National ...

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Anil Nandlall, Basil Williams talk up lose and wins…Attorney General puts Legal Education Council on notice

Former Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall and his successor, Basil Williams clashed over  victories in the legal arena. Brushing aside heckling from the government about his alleged theft of law books, currently before the courts, Nandlall said Attorney General Williams not only lost numerous Court cases.  Nandlall jabbed Williams, saying that his biggest loss was his ...

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Ramjattan sees parallel between PPP’s stance on sugar workers and PNCR Chairman’s position on jobs for supporters

Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan on Thursday stopped short of accusing the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) of seeking to secure the jobs of Indo-Guyanese in much the same way that People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) Chairman, Volda Lawrence had promised to give jobs to her party’s supporters. “Volda made a statement recently that she’ll get some employment for ...

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Murders, robberies down since 2012 – Ramjattan; Rohee points to ‘pick-pockets’ at Stabroek Market square

Murders and robberies have declined since 2012, but there are lingering concerns about the large number of robberies at Stabroek Market square, parliamentarians said Thursday during Day 4 of the 2019 National Budget debate. Weathering intense heckling from opposition parliamentarians in the 65-seat National Assembly, Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan boasted  of reduced crimes based on statistics provided by the ...

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Patterson denies Edghill’s accusation of unaccounted GYD$79 M for Demerara Bridge feasibility study; accuses PPP of executing projects without studies

Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson on Wednesday denied a claim by People’s Progressive Party (PPP) frontbencher, Juan Edghill  that GYD$79 million extra was disbursed for a Dutch feasibility study that has been mired in controversy. “What you are saying there is absolutely untruth,” Patterson told the House in rebutting Edghill. The Minister, however, did not go into details about ...

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Nicolette Henry, Priya Manickchand square off on education sector in 2019 National Budget debate

Minister of Education, Nicolette Henry on Wednesday listed several successes geared to improve the delivery of quality education, even as Shadow Minister of Education Priya Manickchand lamented a lack of cooperation and involvement from the government. Henry also used the opportunity of her contribution to the debate on the 2019 National Budget to make it clear that a number of ...

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