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Local Govt elections possible before yearend – GECOM officials

Guyanese in towns and neighbourhood councils could vote in Local Government Elections before the end of 2022 (LGE) to elect new representatives , according to Chief Elections Officer of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Vishnu Persaud and opposition Election Commissioner Vincent Alexander. Mr. Persaud declined to disclose the proposed date but Mr. Alexander told Demerara Waves Online News that before ...

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Ali dismisses Norton’s ‘no election’ threat

President Irfaan Ali on Saturday dismissed Opposition Leader Aubrey Norton’s threats that everything would be done to block the holding of general ands regional elections with a list that his coalition regards as padded with the names of deceased persons and migrants. “The list is no the problem. His integrity is the problem. His inability to recognise democracy and his ...

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Amazon expert to certify Guyanese for tech jobs – President

President Irfaan Ali on Saturday announced that a Guyanese, who works with the global online marketplace, Amazon, is working with government to set up a special platform on which youths would be able to sell their products. Addressing the 4th anniversary of the Buxton-Friendship Museum, Archives and Culture Centre, Dr Ali said he was working with an Afro-Guyanese “who did ...

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No clean voters list, no election – Norton

The parliamentary opposition A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) and the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) Tuesday night threw down the gauntlet at the two-year-old Irfaan Ali-led administration, signaling that they would block the holding of future elections with what they regard as a padded voters list and pressure the government to address 0ther concerns. “We are organising to ...

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“I do not shake hands with my oppressors” – Norton

Opposition Leader Aubrey Norton on Tuesday night vowed to continue refusing to shake President Irfaan Ali’s hands, alleging that his administration was responsible for discriminatory access to lands, extra judicial killings and unequal access to Guyana’s wealth. A day after he ignored Dr Ali’s outstretched hand at the Emancipation Day celebration in New Amsterdam, Mr Norton defended his decision. “I ...

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Ali ready to talk , Norton says “working together” depends on “getting what we deserve”

President Irfaan Ali on Sunday pledged his readiness to talk with any Guyanese to discuss their concerns but cautioned that he would not wait indefinitely,  even as Opposition Leader Aubrey Norton ruled out talks with the government unless there is evident equitable distribution of wealth. Alluding to the United States government citing the need for inclusiveness during Dr Ali’s week-long ...

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Time to force conversation on the distribution of Guyana’s oil wealth- Hughes, Hinds

African Guyanese were Sunday night- Emancipation Day Eve- urged to agitate for a national conversation on the distribution of Guyana’s oil wealth. Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes and Working People’s Alliance (WPA) Executive Member David Hinds issued stirring appeals in speeches at the “Buxton Black is Beautiful Emancipation Cultural Programme”. Mr Hughes recommended that an analysis be conducted to ascertain how much ...

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Jagdeo says talks with US focussed on strengthening relations, not “patently false” opposition claims

Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo on Sunday denied that the meetings to which the United States (US) government invited him and President Irfaan Ali were triggered by opposition concerns about the way Guyana was being run, but instead about  America’s importance to Guyana’s national interest. “The key issue here was looking out for national interest and the national interest of Guyana ...

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New contract model places greater burden on Guyanese contractors, as works begin on new UK-funded paediatric, maternal hospital

As the sod was turned to construct a €$149million (more than US$150 million) paediatric and maternal hospital, the Guyana government on Sunday announced that contractors would have to abide by new internationally recognised contract terms that would see them bearing the bulk of the responsibilities for the design and build infrastructure model. The hospital, which would be built on 10 ...

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President frowns on talk of Western Nations’ motive against China; says international trust is key

President Irfaan Ali on Sunday dismissed a recent suggestion that the United States (US) and other Western Nations were pumping money into Latin America and the Caribbean to only dislodge China rather than help the region as that Asian nation has been doing in Developing Nations. “(I) saw some headline about this relationship and I went there and the US ...

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September 2023