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“No guarantee” PPP will regain power; better to fight for constitutional reform, executive power sharing- Bisram

A New York-based  Guyanese teacher and political commentator, who has constantly predicted a People’s Progressive Party (PPP) victory, on Saturday said the incumbent David Granger-led coalition would be in power for the foreseeable future. “There is no guarantee they would return to government. It is my analysis that those in government would remain in office for decades to come,” Bisram ...

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Guyana’s President signals need for foreign help for GDF

President David Granger Thursday midnight- on the eve of Guyana’s 48th Republic anniversary- ratcheted up talk of heightened border security and said he hoped international aid would be provided to the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) to execute a number of tasks including territorial protection. “Guyana looks forward to the intensification of cooperation with friendly, foreign states, especially in building capacity ...

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ExxonMobil was not entitled to CGX-like contract- Jagdeo; “We are not going back on it”- govt

The Guyana government on Thursday said definitively that it would not be revising the Production Sharing Agreement with ExxonMobil, the same day that Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo questioned why government did not negotiate better contracts than those signed by former Presidents Janet Jagan and Donald Ramotar. The 2016 agreement between government and ExxonMobil contains a number of contentious clauses that ...

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Efforts made to ensure Ethnic Relations Commission is not politically compromised

Chairman of Parliament’s Appointments Committee, Dr. George Norton on Thursday said the protracted delay in the appointment of new members of the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) was due to efforts to ensure the commission was not unduly influenced by politics. “Both sides of the political divide were feverishly working towards it (Commissioners’ appointment) but yet you had to be careful ...

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Govt parliamentarian not interfering in birth registration process, says Felix

Minister of Citizenship, Winston Felix Wednesday afternoon refuted all claims that government parliamentarian, Richard Allen was interfering in the birth certificate registration process in Region One (Barima-Waini). Felix also legitimised Allen’s involvement in the outreach activity last week, which was conducted by the General Registrar’s Office (GRO) in Barima-Waini (Region One) to provide registration services for residents there. Minister Felix was ...

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Region Two REO instructs spending from wrong allocation- Regional Engineer

Even as Regional Executive Officer (REO) of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Rupert Hopkinson dodged questions before the House Public Accounts Committee (PAC) about whether capital projects were being financed from funds allocated for current expenditure,  the Regional Engineer, Latchmin Singh testified that cash from the wrong source was being spent based on the REO’s instruction. PAC Chairman, Irfan Ali asked Guyana’s ...

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Bar Assoc. talk of unconstitutional appointment of Chancellor, Chief Justice “reckless”- Harmon; questions association’s motives

The Guyana government has dismissed concerns by the Guyana Bar Association (GBA) that President David Granger appeared set to unconstitutionally appoint his nominees to act as Chancellor of the Judiciary and Chief Justice. “The Ministry of the Presidency uses this opportunity to assure the GBA and all Guyanese that this administration remains committed to upholding the Constitution of Guyana. Any ...

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Suriname should mediate in Guyana-Venezuela border controversy

by Ivan Cairo PARAMARIBO – Suriname should take on the role of mediator in order to prevent an armed conflict in the region as a result of the border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela, prominent sociologist and political commentator Derryck Ferrier, said here during a special radio show about the border controversy. This would “certainly be beneficial to Suriname to ...

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Auditor General to conduct forensic audit at City Hall

Guyana’s Auditor General, Deodat Sharma says his officers will shortly begin a forensic audit of City Hall, in the wake of the repeated failure to account for almost GY$174 million to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), State auditors or the Local Government Minister. After concerns were raised by Committee members during Monday’s sitting of the House’s bipartisan PAC, Sharma said ...

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Guyana Bar Association warns of “embarrassing consequences” if new acting Chancellor, Chief Justice are appointed

The Guyana Bar Association (GBA) on Monday urged President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo to work towards appointing a substantive Chancellor and Chief Justice, and said there is no constitutional room to appoint anyone else to act in place of the current acting office holders. “Any action outside of the said Article 127 is unconstitutional, void, of no ...

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