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Opposition goes to court to block Local Govt Elections over boundaries

The People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR)-led A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) has asked the High Court to order the postponement or cancellation of the June 12 Local Government Elections (LGE) on the basis that 37 constituency boundaries in 19 Local Authority Areas have been changed in violation of Guyana’s constitution and the Local Government Act. “The Applicant will contend ...

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Guyana’s government should ensure that journalists are able to do their jobs free from harassment

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the harassment and intimidation of journalists in Guyana through online targeting and disrespect from the administration. It further calls on the Guyanese government to reform its practices to give proper access to public information. Members of the press should be respected and free from scare tactics in their jobs, especially in a signatory country of ...

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Organisations express solidarity with journalists in Guyana victims of online harassment 

The Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM) and IFEX-ALC network condemn in the  strongest possible terms the intimidation of journalists in Guyana and call on the Government to  immediately set the tone for a cessation of such acts that ultimately serve to fertilise the ground  for an escalation of such acts that can ultimately lead to physical harm.  The ACM ...

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GTUC asks Parliamentarians to push for new laws including supermajority passage of National Budgets

The Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) on Monday- May 1- urged parliamentarians to pass several new laws that will force the government and the opposition to work together for the approval of National Budgets by a supermajority, and involve civil society in national decision-making. Addressing the 2023 May Day Rally at the Critchlow Labour College (CLC), GTUC General Secretary Lincoln ...

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Norton back-pedals on plan to stop Local Govt Elections; to use laws to challenge process

Opposition Leader Aubrey Norton has back-pedaled on his intention to stop the June 12 Local Government Elections (LGE) over alleged widespread forgery of the names of nominators/backers in the nomination process, and instead said his A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) would use the legal route as recommended by the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). While many persons ...

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Defence Diplomacy Office aimed at influencing international partners; Retired Chief-of-Staff Bess to be first Head

Retired Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Brigadier Godfrey Bess is tipped to head the Defence Diplomacy Office which is being established at the Office of the President to influence this country’s international partners, according to well-placed government sources. President Irfaan Ali earlier this week told the opening of the Guyana Police Force Annual Officers’ Conference that the new ...

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US Senator says Pres Ali was annoyed US blocked loan to GYSBI; US vows to push back on Chinese investments

United States Senator Tim Kaine has said that President Irfaan Ali was upset that that country had blocked an Inter-American Development Bank  (IDB) US$180 million loan to Guyana Shore Base Inc (GYSBI) because its operations were dedicated to the oil and gas sector and even cautioned that China could provide financing “with no strings attached.” Recalling a meeting with Dr ...

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Spy agency Bill for bipartisan parliamentary committee

President Irfaan Ali on Friday night said the increasingly controversial National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) Bill would be sent to parliamentary bipartisan select committee to allow persons to submit their observations. “I am aware of the importance of this Bill, but equally, I am committed to ensuring the fulsome nature of the Bill is understood and that interested stakeholders ...

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Lawyers association says Intelligence Agency Bill will violate lawyer-client confidentiality

The Guyana Bar Association (GBA) on Friday expressed grave concern that the draft National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) legislation would insulate that body and its agents from legal action if they access information that clients provide to their lawyers. GBA President Pauline Chase told the opening of a Law Week 2023 symposium that lawyers must be prepared to resist ...

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IRI Hosts former US Congressional Representatives for legislative forum with Guyanese MPs

The International Republican Institute (IRI) will host former United States (US) Congressional Representatives David Price and Erik Paulsen and former Deputy Chief of Staff and District Director Karen Glaser for a legislative forum with current and potential Guyanese Members of Parliament (MPs). Two half-day sessions will take place at the Guyana Marriott Hotel, Kingston, Georgetown on May 2 and 3, ...

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