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Guyana Politics – News Headlines – 15 November 2014

Guyana Politics – News Headlines – 15 November 2014

President addresses misconception…‘I have no new powers to become a dictator’

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Head of State, Donald Ramotar, addressed what he said were the misconceptions that have infiltrated the political President Donald Ramotar atmosphere as it relates to his most unprecedented decision – prorogation of the Parliament. At… [...]

The “dreaded” No-Confidence Motion…Ramotar must face his ‘jumbie’ – Granger

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Cheddi Jagan Jr (Joey) condemns suspension of Guyana’s parliament

Former president’s son condemns suspension of Guyana parliament
Published on November 15, 2014 - By Caribbean News Now contributor

Cheddi Jagan Jr

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Cheddi Jagan Jr, the son of former president Dr Cheddi Jagan, one of the founding fathers of Guyana, in a release to the media, condemned the suspension of Guyana’s parliament by current President Donald Ramotar “as anti-democratic and bordering on dictatorship.”

In a stinging condemnation of Ramotar’s action,Cheddi Jagan Jr (Joey) said that, as a member of the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP)/Civic, he “was never consulted, invited to any PPP/Civic meeting or even canvassed over the telephone for an opinion.”

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Gov’t can spend up to November 30, 2015 without approval – Ram

Gov’t can spend up to November 30, 2015 without approval – Ram

November 13, 2014 · By Stabroek News  · Comments

Christopher Ram

Christopher Ram

Analyst Christopher Ram has slammed President Donald Ramotar for suspending parliament using a provision intended for a different purpose and he also noted that without further approval, the government can continue spending up to November 30,2015.

Ram lamented loopholes in the constitution reform process which allow prorogation to thwart a motion of no confidence and called for a new constitution.

His latest column on follows:


The President has done what many, I included, feared he would – but still hoped he would not do – prorogue the National Assembly. In so doing President Ramotar was exercising a power that then Prime Minister Forbes Burnham retained for himself under the Constitution of 1980. Continue reading

The suspension of Guyana’s parliament: Democracy has been subverted – By Dr. David Hinds

The suspension of Guyana’s parliament: Democracy has been subverted
Published on November 12, 2014 - By Dr David Hinds

The president of Guyana in his sole, deliberate judgment has suspended Guyana’s parliament. He was avoiding a no-confidence motion brought by one of the parliamentary parties. Guyanese leaders seem stunned. The rest of the Caribbean establishment is unperturbed. After all, the president has acted constitutionally. But that constitutional act has far-reaching implications for Guyana. The next few months will be more than interesting.

      Dr David Hinds

Guyana’s political system differs from the rest of the Anglophone Caribbean. The offices of head of state and head of government are fused in the presidency. The president is elected separately from the parliament. The president could also be elected with a plurality of the popular vote rather than the customary majority. So unlike other Caribbean countries, divided government is possible in Guyana.

This is exactly what happened as a result of the last election held in 2011 — the party that is in control of the executive branch, the East Indian-dominated PPP, does not control a majority of the legislature. The two other parliamentary parties, the AFC, supported by dissident East Indians and the African-dominated APNU coalition, together have a one-seat parliamentary majority. In effect the executive government is a minority government. Continue reading

Freedom of movement woes undermining Caribbean credibility – CARICOM’s La Rocque

Freedom of movement woes undermining Caribbean credibility – CARICOM’s La Rocque

Colorful Caribbean map with countries and capital cities

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday November 10, 2014, CMC – Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Irwin La Rocque, says problems related to the freedom of movement across the region have undermined the credibility of the regional body.

La Rocque, in an address at the University of Guyana’s graduation ceremony on the weekend acknowledged the difficulties facing Caribbean nationals.

“I am acutely aware of the difficulties still being experienced at ports of entry in some of our member states by those who seek to exercise their rights of free movement and to hassle-free travel…..all CARICOM nationals have the right to an automatic stay of six months, subject only to circumscribed exceptions….”  Continue reading

President directs that Parliament be convened within 14 days

President directs that Parliament be convened within 14 days

President Donald Ramotar has directed that Parliament be convened within the next 14 days. The move comes after weeks of wrangling over who has the authority to convene Parliament and intimations that the government and APNU were considering a possible deal that would delay the motion of no-confidence to be moved by the AFC.

A release from the Office of the President follows: Continue reading

What need is there for General Elections in Guyana Now? – By Hubert Williams

By Hubert Williams

Boston, Massachusetts, October 23, 2014 — I wonder at the need for general elections in the Co-operative Republic of Guyana in the immediate future? Campaigning will very likely revive old animosities, fan new hatreds, bring fear to many, possible death to some, likely cause considerable social dislocation and property destruction, and create an environment unattractive to badly needed-foreign investment. And after the poll, it is going to be the “same-old same-old”. Even if, perchance, there is a change in majority party, hasn’t the country had its fill of musical chairs?

Yet all the visible signs indicate the country’s major political groups are preparing for a poll: published statements from relevant quarters declare that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is ready, willing, waiting, and able.

It seems the country is approaching a dangerous time. Evidently, each party’s leaders are hoping to emerge with a clear majority so that they can ‘rule’ and reap the spoils of being in ‘office’ (Caribbean politicians usually say ‘power’). It would demonstrate such maturity to negotiate an effective national coalition without holding general elections, but have local government elections not held since 1994. Continue reading

DIASPORA – editorial in Stabroek News

DIASPORA -  editorial in Stabroek News

Guyana: President Ramotar

President Ramotar

Last week GINA, the Government’s information service, reported that President Donald Ramotar had met Guyanese in Washington and Queens, New York, in the course of his visit to the United Nations, and that he had asked them to return home and invest in the country’s economy. One wonders if he was serious when he put that question to his compatriots in the diaspora, or whether he was just going through the motions.

If he was serious, then he is truly divorced from reality; we have been waiting twenty-two years for this flood of returnees to swamp us with their US dollars, their overseas skills and their drive to nurture their homeland, and no one, even President Ramotar one would think, anticipates that they will do so in the immediate future.

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Scotland Is Seeking Independence From the Political Establishment- Op-Ed

UPDATE:  see the following Guyanese Online entry:

Scotland votes ‘No’ to independence: 55-45%


Tuesday, 16 September 2014 -By Ronan Burtenshaw, Truthout | Op-Ed

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    (Photo: Lawrence OP / Flickr)The referendum campaign is about much more than nationalism.

    Scotland Is Seeking Independence From the Political Establishment

This week’s vote on Scottish independence has lit up the political landscape in Europe, encouraging the left and prompting panic in the halls of power. If the “Yes” side manages to beat the odds and win on September 18, new possibilities will arise on a political spectrum which seemed to be shrinking by the year.

But it didn’t always look like this would be the case. When the referendum campaign began, the leading force for a Yes vote, the Scottish National Party (SNP), promised what could best be termed independence light. Staying were the pound, the Queen, NATO and even the economic model, buttressed by a “competitive” corporate tax regime to rival free-market Ireland. This appeal was nationalist in its purest sense – social questions would remain untouched and only the flag would change.  Continue reading

The General Register’s Office (GRO) and Birth Certificates for Passports

The General Register’s Office (GRO) and Birth Certificates for Passports

August 7, 2014 · BY – Stabroek News

The nearly two months of frustration felt by citizens following the June 5 edict by Ministry of Home Affairs, which forced citizens to procure recent birth certificates in order to apply for passports might have come to an end last week, but indications are that the tedium is to be increased at the Central Immigration and Passport Office.

What Mr Rohee had said when the startling order was first made that required persons to have birth certificates issued no longer than six months before the date of applying for a passport was that there were concerns about fraudulent birth certificates being used to obtain travel documentsContinue reading


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