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Attorney General commits to GECOM funding for general elections; CCJ President says system must work

Attorney General, Basil Williams on Thursday assured the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) that the Guyana government would set aside monies needed to conduct general elections if the regional court finds that last December’s no-confidence motion was validly passed by the National Assembly. “You, as Attorney General, do we have your commitment that the necessary monies will be made available ...

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GECOM tells Caribbean Court general elections possible in November after voters’ list is revised, money allocated

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Thursday told the Caribbean Court of Justice that November 2019 is the earliest it could hold general elections after it gets funds and a new voters’ list from house-to-house registration, even as regional judges said that elections management authority ought to always be ready for snap polls. CCJ President, Justice Adrian Saunders asked GECOM ...

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Greenidge likely to be in charge of border affairs at Foreign Ministry

Former Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge is expected to take up an appointment that would see him being responsible for border matters, but the major sticking point appears to be whether he would be given powers to make binding decisions on behalf of the Guyana government, sources said. The sources said a decision on Greenidge’s future role in the government ...

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New Public Service Minister intends to take WPA positions to Cabinet; getting oil cash transfers to poor a priority

Newly-appointed Public Service Minister, Tabitha Sarabo-Halley says she plans to take the positions of her party, the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), to Cabinet and among her priorities is cash-transfers from oil revenues to the working poor. She said, as WPA Chairperson, she would help to bridge the gap between her party and the coalition government of A Partnership for National ...

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Junior Health Minister now Foreign Affairs Minister; Patterson-Yearwood reassigned “in the public interest”

Junior Health Minister Dr. Karen Cummings was Thursday elevated to the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs, following Carl Greenidge’s resignation because he is a Guyanese-Briton and the Courts of have ruled that it is unconstitutional for dual citizenship holders to be parliamentarians. Cummings took the oath of office before President David Granger at the Ministry of the Presidency. “I ...

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International condemnation of terror-plot convict motion adoption pushes gov’t to mull over future recognition of MPs – Ally

As international pressure mounts on the Government of Guyana’s parliament for honoring convicted terrorist, Abdul Kadir, government Chief Whip Amna Ally said a policy decision might be taken to guide how such situations should be handled in the future. “Except we take a policy decision, we have to reexamine and look at it ” she said when asked whether the ...

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Boycotting GECOM commissioners, MPs must not be paid – trade union boss

General Secretary of the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC), Lincoln Lewis at Wednesday’ s May Day observance called for the three opposition-nominated elections commissioners and lawmakers not to be paid for the meetings from which they had walked out. “If GECOM (Guyana Elections Commission) can’t work and the commissioners breaking up meeting and walking out, then all you will have ...

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Oil money must fund free education, healthcare; no-confidence passage must require 44 lawmakers – GTUC General Secretary

General Secretary of the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC), Lincoln Lewis on Wednesday— May Day 2019—vowed that his labour confederation would resist the scrapping of the 1980 Constitution, but called for it be amended for a no-confidence motion to be passed by at least 44 of the 65 parliamentarians. Lewis also called for some of the expected oil wealth to ...

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Harmon appointed Director-General of the Ministry of the Presidency

Former Minister of State, Joseph Harmon has been appointed Director-General of the Ministry of the Presidency, even as he goes through the process to give up his American citizenship, the state-run Department of Public Information said Tuesday night. This is believed to be the first time that government has given any indication of the new appointments of Harmon, Carl Greenidge, ...

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OPINION: How asinine and unthinking is this government!

by GHK Lall I thought that this government had hard and heavy matters with which it is wrestling strenuously. I thought that this government had serious—very serious—priorities on which it was determined to table and see through to successful ends. And to do so, despite all the obstacles and forces arrayed against its efforts. Apparently, I am woefully wrong on ...

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