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No evidence McCoy assaulted Sarabo-Halley -police tell Speaker

Police have found no evidence that government minister Kwame McCoy assaulted opposition parliamentarian, Tabitha Sarabo-Halley, House Speaker Mansoor Nadir said Wednesday. “From statements obtained, there was evidence to indicate that the parties indeed had an exchange of words, but there was nothing to suggest that any assault took place,” police told the Speaker. At the same time, police said if ...

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Guyana says increased Venezuelan military activity off Essequibo Region

Guyana’s Foreign Minister Hugh Todd on Thursday said there has been increased Venezuelan military presence in the Atlantic sea offshore Essequibo following the unilateral delimitation of the maritime boundary up to the eastern bank of the Essequibo River. “Following the announcement of President [Nicolás] Maduro’s Decree of 7 January 2021, there was increased activity in Guyana’s maritime space by Venezuelan ...

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Harmon confirms he’ll be Guyana’s Opposition Leader; vows to give PPP a tough time

Sixteen days after Mr Joseph Harmon was co-opted to sit on the executive of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), he on Wednesday confirmed that he would be officially voted in as Opposition Leader when the National Assembly meets for the first time following the March 2, 2020 general and regional elections. Appearing on an APNU+AFC coalition social media page, ...

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PPP cuts back on ‘old guard’ faces in parliament

The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Wednesday cut back on the ‘old guard’ faces to become parliamentarians, a day after A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) also announced that it has dropped several of its older seasoned politicians from its parliamentary line-up. Notably absent from the PPP’s line-up are Neendkumar, Indra Chandrapal and Clement Rohee who are all ...

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Guyana Bar Association worried that vote recount time will clash with Constitution

The Guyana Bar Association (GBA) on Thursday cautioned that a national recount of votes in last month’s general and regional elections will collide with the Constitution because Parliament should meet no later than April 30, 2020. The GBA warned that as of Thursday, 14 days were “left before Guyana delves further into the constitutional abyss to which the country was ...

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OPINION: Pathway to power-sharing “the only way out of our draining problems”

By GHK Lall Though I am pessimistic about the prospects of power-sharing in this country, I see it as the only way out of our draining problems. The winner-takes-all results over each elections cycle have left us in a darker, more dangerous place. Our society is more polarized, losing citizens more disgruntled, more uncooperating, and more undermining. We cannot go ...

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Three small parties won’t trade lawmaking seats for gov’t positions; consensus key to parliamentary voting

Three of Guyana’s small parties have agreed that their parliamentarians will not join the governing party in exchange for ministerial or other governmental office. In a memorandum of understanding (MOU), A New and United Guyana (ANUG), Liberty and Justice Party (LJP) and The New Movement (TNM) agreed that they will “not give a minority government a majority.” ANUG, LJP and ...

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Former PPP lawmaker charged with sexual assault, maintains innocence

Former People’s Progressive Party (PPP) parliamentarian, Alister Charlie has been slapped with a sexual assault charge stemming from an alleged incident that occurred last year July in Lethem, Rupununi. Charlie has not yet appeared before a Magistrate, but he said police have informed him that the Director of Public Prosecutions Chambers have advised that he be charged with sexual assault ...

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PPP rejects Granger’s plan to deal with no-confidence motion in constitutional reform

People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) presidential candidate, Irfaan Ali and its General Secretary, Bharrat Jagdeo Sunday night rejected incumbent President, David Granger’s desire to amend no-confidence motion provisions of Guyana’s constitution. Addressing the launch of the PPPC’s 2020 electoral campaign at the Kitty Market Square, Ali made it clear that his party’s constitutional reform agenda would not include removing the ...

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Parliament dissolves on Monday to pave way for general elections

President David Granger has issued the proclamations for the dissolution of Parliament and the ten Regional Democratic Councils on December 30, 2019. The Ministry of the Presidency says this will pave the way for General and Regional Elections on March 2, 2020. The Proclamations were issued Friday, December 27. Article 70 (2) of the Constitution of Guyana states that the ...

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