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Then MARAD Director-General, others relieved of duties over contract award; contractor asked to repay monies- Public Accounts Committee hears

The bipartisan Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Guyana’s National Assembly was Monday informed that a number of then officials of the Maritime Administration (MARAD) were relieved of their duties for allegedly not abiding by the procurement rules that had led to the variation in the award of multi-million-dollar contracts. Government parliamentarian Dharamkumar Seeraj and his opposition counterpart, Ganesh Mahipaul questioned ...

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Use ‘oil money’ to provide income tax relief, increased pensions, grants, improved infrastructure

The opposition People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) on Friday recommended that government considers a raft of measures, including lower income tax, fatter pay packets and increased pensions in the 2022 national budget to cushion the impact of the 20-percent increase in the cost of basic items. Highlighting that Guyana’s economy was projected to record real growth of 49.7% plus US$607 ...

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New law to counter people smuggling -Attorney General

Attorney General Anil Nandlall on Tuesday said government was drafting new legislation to counter people smuggling. In contributing to a debate on the Adoption of Children (Amendment) Bill, he said the new trafficking Bill would also include provisions to specifically protect children. “We have a new trafficking Bill that will be brought to the Parliament that has in it several ...

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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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December 2023