It was President George H W Bush’s February 1990 Republic Day message to President Desmond Hoyte, expressing the hope that the upcoming elections will be free and fair, that signalled the end of the West’s four decade hostility to the PPP, starting in 1953.
Since the public invitation by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo to the PPP for talks leading to a government of national unity, varying opinions have been expressed by several commentators on the issue, including Henry Jeffrey (SN September 16), Tacuma Ogunseye (KN, September 19) and Anil Nandlall (SN, September 19).
The APNU+AFC coalition has taken an important initiative towards transforming Guyana’s culture of ethno-political dominance.
The meeting between President Granger and Opposition Leader Jagdeo yielded only a minor concession from the latter.
Mr Anil Nandlall, former attorney general and PPP/C Member of the Parliament, and now the guardian of our rights under the constitution, pronounced ominously on the dire consequences that would befall the nation if the Prime Minister sets foot in the Parliament Chamber, after he is sworn in to perform the duties of the President.
The population has learnt not to expect much that is edifying in the annual budget debates.
There are growing concerns within the Indian Guyanese community that the government has embarked on large-scale discrimination against them.
A report appeared in the press last week of a meeting between the Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo, Minister of Governance Raphael Trotman and AFC executive and prominent attorney, Mr Nigel Hughes to discuss constitutional reform.
The Demerara Slave Rebellion of 1823 was a seminal event in the history of slave resistance in British Guiana and in the colonial world.
Sean Hinds comes out of the dark and dangerous recesses of our recent history.
It is only fair that the traditional honeymoon period of three months of the new APNU+AFC administration be exhausted before its performance is assessed.
One of the few issues of agreement between all political parties in Guyana after 1992 was term limitation for the President.
The selection of Dr Bharrat Jagdeo by the Central Committee of the PPP as its nominee for Opposition Leader seals that party’s fate in opposition for decades to come, unless the APNU+AFC coalition underperforms or unravels.
Both APNU and the AFC appear anxious to amend the Cummingsburg Accord allegedly on the ground that the reality of political office has clashed with the Accord’s constitutionality.
The Representation of the People Act, which can be found in Volume 1 of the Laws of Guyana, contains the laws relating to elections, including the counting and recounting of votes.
Venezuela’s proclamation of its “Atlantic Front” on May 27, which includes all of Guyana’s maritime space, having already maintained since 1962 its fictional claim to two-thirds of Guyana’s land territory, is breathtaking in its audacity.
Guyanese who have served their country with distinction can once again look forward to being recognized.
The end of the Jagan leadership of the PPP terminated the era of real, as opposed to formal, internal democracy.
The PPP’s boast has always been that it never lost elections. While it gained the highest votes in 1964, it was the PNC that was invited to form the government, which it did in coalition with the United Force.
I should like to take this opportunity to express my congratulations to the APNU+AFC alliance on its historic victory at the general and regional elections and to David Granger, Guyana’s new President.
Guyanese will vote on Monday for a Government that they wish to conduct the affairs of the nation on their behalf for the next five years.
In 1962 the slogan ‘axe the tax’ became well known in then British Guiana.
The OAS Observer Mission, the British High Commissioner, the United States Representative and the Private Sector Commission have all publicly raised concerns about the dangers of inflammatory language being used in the election campaign in Guyana.
When the US Government under President Bush decided in 1990 that it would support free and fair elections in Guyana, it was the Carter Center that was called upon to act as the midwife for a new era of democracy in Guyana.
I must confess that I have had an ambivalent attitude to ethnicity for most of my life.