People Progressive Party celebrates 20 years in Government
Guyana’s oldest political party, the People’s Progressive Party is celebrating 20 years in Government and reflecting on the work it has been able to do as a Government over those years, while focusing on the future. This afternoon the PPP hosted a celebration ceremony at the international convention center. Former President, Bharrat Jagdeo, who was the longest serving President said, the party has been able to make a number of advancements as a governing party over the past 2 decades.
Longtime PPP member and Chairperson of the Women’s Progressive Organisation, Indra Chandarpal, said, the party has faced some challenges in Government. Natural Resources Minister, Robert Persaud, spoke too about the legacy of the founding members of the party.
It was October 9th, 1992 that Dr. Cheddi Jagan was sworn into office as President bringing the PPP to power after 28 years in opposition. Dr. Jagan passed away before fulfilling his full term in office and was succeeded by Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, who would later make way for Dr. Jagan’s widow, Mrs. Janet Jagan, to become President. The elections that took her to the Presidency were declared null and void in a landmark decision by Justice Claudette Singh. But that decision in an election petition case came after Mrs. Jagan had already demitted office owing to ill health. The young Finance Minister, Bharrat Jagdeo, would take over the Presidency and lead the PPP to two election victories in 2001 and 2006. The constitution barred him from seeking a 3rd term and so in 2011 it was the party’s General Secretary, Donald Ramotar, who became the Presidential Candidate and took the party to the polls. It was the party’s worst showing at an election in 2 decades. Its support fell below the 50% mark leaving the new President Ramotar, to lead a minority Government, with the joint opposition parties controlling the parliament.