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New York local politicians deceived in Brooklyn; Guyana govt restates fair governance

The Guyana government late Monday night said a number of locally-elected in New York have allowed themselves to be deceived by the Rickford Burke-led Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID). “Unfortunately, a few local officials in the USA who rely on the electorate of Brooklyn appear  to have fallen prey to the racist propaganda of extortionists and con-men,”  the Guyana ...

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New York Attorney General to rally support to lobby Biden administration about Guyanese concerns

New York Attorney General Letitia James on Sunday vowed to mobilise support among colleague Democratic Attorneys General countrywide to ask the Federal government to probe a series of allegations levelled against the Guyana government. “I again, along with my Democratic Attorneys General across the country will be calling upon DOJ (Department of Justice) as well as the Biden administration to ...

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Lula defeats Bolsonaro in Brazil’s runoff election, pollster Datafolha says

SAO PAULO, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Former leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva won Brazil’s bitterly-fought election on Sunday, according to pollster Datafolha, denying far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro a second term. The polling firm called the election with 95% of the votes counted in Latin America’s largest country. The official count stood at 50.7% of votes for Lula against ...

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Guyana, Suriname mull US request to take Afghan refugees

Guyana and neighbouring Suriname are considering a request by the United States (US) to allow Afghan refugees to settle in these two South American nations, officials said. Foreign Secretary Robert Persaud said the US and Guyana held “one preliminary discussion” in September about allowing nationals of that Asian nation to settle here. He pointed out that no decision has been ...

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Guyana recalls High Commissioner to India after video surfaces of him abusing Indian Professor and animal rights activist

President Irfaan Ali on Wednesday announced that Guyana’s High Commissioner to India has been recalled, a day after a video surfaced showing him verbally abusing an Indian Professor who is also an animal rights activist while she went to him to enquire about a dog that she usually feeds. “Notwithstanding all of this, Mr Charandass agreed with me that, in ...

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Govt proposes split of two PPP stronghold regions for tallying votes

Attorney General Anil Nandlall on Wednesday announced that government has decided to split two other administrative regions for the tabulation of votes at general and regional elections. In addition to the already announced break-up of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) into four sub-districts, he told a public stakeholder consultation that Region Three (West Demerara-Essequibo Islands) and Region Six (East-Berbice Corentyune) would be ...

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Govt sticks by Guyana’s High Commissioner to India but remains silent about embarrassment

The Guyana government on Wednesday relied on an official investigation in India that cleared this country’s  High Commissioner to India Charandass Persaud of “allegations of sexual abuse words” against an Indian animal rights activist near his residence. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation sought to shut down the emerging controversy, but stayed clear of questions about whether the ...

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Anti-corruption oversight needed over Guyana’s town, neighbourhood councils

As Guyanese prepare to vote in Local Government Elections (LGE) early next year, there are calls for greater oversight of the town and neighbourhood councils to cut out graft and other forms of corruption. In Quito, the capital of the sister South American nation of of Ecuador, there is an independent mechanism called Quito Honesto that keeps a watchful eye ...

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AFC back pedals Local Govt Election boycott pronouncement; asks for fresh house-to-house registration

The Alliance For Change (AFC) on Friday walked back on a pronouncement by its Chairman Catherine Hughes that it would be boycotting the March 13, 2023 local election, instead saying that the executive would decide whether it would contest the polls. AFC Leader Khemraj Ramjattan said Ms Hughes uttered her “strong” position that the priority should be ensuring that there ...

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APNU won’t allow PPP to control strongholds, will continue pressing for clean voters list- Norton

Chairman of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), Aubrey Norton said that People’s National Congress Reform-led collective would not allow the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) to take political control of the councils in its strongholds in the March 13, 2023 Local Government Elections (LGE). “The only thing I can say to you is this: We are not going to give ...

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