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PPP’s Mark Phillips slams Joseph Harmon over racial remark

The prime ministerial candidate for the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Retired Brigadier Mark Phillips on Sunday fired back at General Secretary of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), Joseph Harmon for suggesting he is a token Black because he is on the PPP’s slate. Addressing thousands of supporters at a rally in Albion, Corentyne, Berbice, Phillips said everyone is free ...

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PPP-Civic’s PM candidate, Mark Phillips is Black tokenism -Harmon

General Secretary of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), Joseph Harmon Tuesday night slammed the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) for attempting to win Afro-Guyanese support by putting up retired Brigadier Mark Phillips as its prime ministerial candidate. “It is really a contemptuous act on the part of the PPP that says ‘look, once you put up a Black face ...

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Ethnicity a key factor for Citizenship Initiative coalescing with other small parties

The Citizenship Initiative (TCI) political party says it is still open to coalescing with two other small political parties—Change Guyana (CI), and A New and United Guyana (ANUG)—but TCI’s presidential candidate, Rondha-Ann Lam says “ethnicity” is among her party’s major concerns. Lam says after her party told ANUG and Change Guyana that a common slate must reflect youth, gender inclusivity ...

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New UG Chancellor calls for dismantling of racial polarisation, coarseness

Fresh from his installation at Chancellor of the University of Guyana, Professor Edward Greene on Saturday appealed to graduates to help transform the country’s political culture and improve race relations. Addressing the Convocation at the Turkeyen Campus, he called on the graduates as they leave the campus to use their investment and accomplishments to dismantle decades-old divisiveness in their communities ...

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Gov’t achieved “certain big things” but no guarantee promises won’t be broken again -WPA

The Working People’s Alliance (WPA) on Friday  admitted not doing enough to push the government to address failed promises such as constitutional reform, collective bargaining and award of contracts to small contractors, but could offer no guarantees that there would not be a repeat if the governing coalition wins again. Executive Member, Dr. David Hinds said during an ongoing series ...

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Carl Greenidge, WPA executive members clash on direct cash transfers from oil money

Former Foreign Minister Carl Greenidge has confirmed that the Guyana government does not favour direct cash transfers into the hands of ordinary Guyanese on the grounds that it will encourage unemployment, a position that was roundly rejected by Chairman of the Buxton First of August Movement (FAM-Buxton), Professor David Hinds. “I don’t know that one can give a definitive answer ...

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Jagdeo’s “irresponsible” call to chase out Granger, other gov’t officials can breach peace – gov’t

The Guyana government on Monday cautioned Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo that his call on supporters to chase out President David Granger and other government officials from their communities could breach the peace and incite racial hostilities in an election year. “Mr. Jagdeo has a history of wanton utterances and his most recent at Babu Jaan has serious implications on peace, ...

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Aubrey Norton, Anil Nandlall differ on national unity formula

Executive members of Guyana’s two major political parties at the weekend differ on the route that should be taken to achieve national unity, with the People’s National Congress Reform’s (PNCR) Aubrey Norton citing Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo as the major stumbling block. But, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) executive member, Anil Nandlall countered, saying that principle instead of personality should be ...

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WPA Chairwoman prefers to stay in coalition

Chairwoman of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), Tabitha Sarabo-Halley has justified her position that her party should remain in the governing coalition for upcoming general elections, despite deep-seated concerns about shoddy treatment and dominance by the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR). “I would be the first to say that the government has not done all that I think they should ...

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