Former MemberBeen doing that too. Been home since March and found lots to do. Things will get worse in September and U.S. Schools will utilize Virtual Learning. Everyone is advised to get Flu and Pneumonia Shots in September, and the Covid Vaccine when it's available.///// [ more ]
Former MemberI have been staying away from red meat and processed foods. I eat lots of fruits and vegetables, not too much rice or roti. Of course, everything we cook includes garlic and onion. [ more ]
Looks like OAS and Pompeo's interest were BOUGHT! Look at the services rendered language noted in the contract between Mercury agreed to provide to PPP/C:
"Consultant will provide strategic consulting and management services ("Services") specific to issues facing the Client in the areas of government relations and issues management. The Services shall include, but are not limited to, representing the Client before, and arranging meetings with the Executive Branch and the Congress of the United States, the Organization of American States, and think-tanks in connection with issues relating to the anticipated general and regional elections to take place in the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.
Consultant and Client will comply with the provisions of all federal, state, local and international laws, regulations, and requirements pertaining to the performance of Services under this contract."
Me lard and saviour Jagdoe enter wan interim agreement with PNC foh get constitution refarm but Bharrat become President from now to when constitution refarm tek place...ow...poor puppy Irfaan...hey hey hey.
LabbaHey hey hey...uncle Rama...yuh cyant seh ole Labba didnt see de grand design...hey hey hey [ more ]
LabbaAyoo read dis one careful. GECOM’s Alexander plotting to scuttle recount, use existing declarations- Nandlall Posted by: Denis Chabrol in News , Politics April 23, 2020 5 Comments Vincent Alexander. People’s Progressive Party (PPP) executive member, Attorney-at-Law Anil Nandlall on Thursday night accused pro-coalition Elections Commissioner, Vincent Alexander of scheming to derail the planned recount of votes cast in last month’s general elections. Nandlall’s position was in reaction to... [ more ]
Former MemberIs Totaram in NY? Maybe he is wearing a Burkah. [ more ]
We know him on GNI. We know him off GNI. But you don't know how dangerous he is, and what length he can go to deny the Indian people of their rights. I believe Guyana belongs to all the people and not one group to say Indos and the PPP are racists. Farouk has a right to his opinions like all of us, but his recent statements on Facebook should concern all of us. He seems to lose his balance and fairness in politics that he aligned himself with Mark Benschop, Imran Khan, James Bond and signing petitions on Change.org to have Granger sworn in as president against the world's condemnation that calls for a free and fair tabulation of the March 02 votes. To make matters worst, the butchery fire and the family are a centerpiece of daily propagandas. Mark Benschop was seen posing with the family and making political statements day in and day out. He reminds me of this involvement in the uprising in Linden and Agricola.
One of our GNI members, Farouk Rahaman aka Samaroo is in full support of dictatorship in Guyana.
In Great Britain, the Queen, the Prince of Wales & the Prime Minister all are in Isolation.
So who is running the country?
Well, it could be the Chancellor of Exchequer[Indian born Rushi Sunak} or The Home Secretary, Priti Patel!. What a delicious irony!After 200 years Indians are in charge of the Crown and THE Mother Country!Queen Victoria and Winston Churchill must be turning in their graves!!
MitwahMiss Ivy Leggs knows everything. Even before it happens. [ more ]
Bibi HaniffaPrime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care in hospital after his coronavirus symptoms "worsened", Downing Street has said. A spokesman said he was moved on the advice of his medical team and was receiving "excellent care". Mr Johnson has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputise "where necessary", the spokesman added. [ more ]
cainHow about, "I hope Boris recovers, he has four kids and one on the way, who depend on him?" No ethnic handle attached. My daughter has been with me since the age of eight and now in her late thirties. I married her mom who had her from a previous entanglement,her father has passed away..I do not use the word, "Step daughter" no need for a handle. If she were Indo, black, chinese, I would still just call her, my daughter... not my chinese daughter etc. Her children are my grandchildren and I... [ more ]
Will there be transparent verification of Region 4 votes ? where all the Political Parties are satisfied . Will there be recount of all Ten Regions ? Hopefully the winner of the elections are declared and the President swear in.
The standoff between GECOM and the Political Parties,should be settled by the Courts on March 30th 2020.
cainOhhh please! Cant even get a proper count of under half a mil votes, shit going to court back and forth yet no show as to who the heck is the winning party and yall talkin about impeachment. If there is some kind of impeachment that would take a lifetime. [ more ]
MitwahWhere does it say "Impeach"? I only have access to the PDF version. Perhaps someone could print it. [ more ]
Demerara_GuyArticle 180 , Guyana Constitution outlines the procedure to impeach a sitting president of Guyana. [ more ]
Jagdeo praised for leadership reminiscent of Black American leaders on vote count
Dear Editor, The PPP General Secretary (leader) has been praised for outstanding leadership in handling boldfaced attempts at electoral fraud in the vote count post March 2 elections. Bharrat Jagdeo is popular at home and abroad among Guyanese and among Caribbean leaders and other West Indian people who know him. The PPP leader has won acclaim for his handling of the attempted election rigging. Jagdeo worked tirelessly for the vote count. Faced with this electoral fraud crisis unprecedented in Guyana’s modern history, Jagdeo has risen to the challenge with decisive action in uniting the Opposition. The public notes that he has brought undoubted ability, dynamism, credibility, and leadership in this post-election crisis. Some commented that his kind of leadership was hardly experienced during the many election crises in the country going back to the 1960s. Jagdeo has assumed much responsibility in fighting electoral fraud as the great Black civil rights leaders in America did and has done so successfully. He has brought to the Opposition the skill, commitment, perseverance, and determination shown during his twelve years in the presidency in championing this cause. The public salutes the qualities and calibre of Jagdeo’s leadership that Guyanese American intellects say is reminiscent of the fight of Black American civil rights leaders to combat voter fraud. The Guyanese public, at home and in America, says his several appearances were executed with great distinction and his statements were on point and pellucid on his demand for every vote to be counted. He spoke with certitude about the attempted voter fraud. He demonstrated courage to stand up to fraud and said what needs to be said during the ongoing struggle – let every vote count. This is reminiscent of the struggle in America where Black politicians fought for the vote of Blacks to be counted during the period of Jim Crow rule. Whites used to disenfranchise Blacks and the Black political leadership fought hard to get the votes of Blacks to be counted. In the latest election in Guyana, there are brazen attempts to disenfranchise voters, and Jagdeo is leading the public struggle to get every ballot counted correctly while charismatic star lawyer Anil Nandlall leads a battery of lawyers in court to force GECOM to count the votes accurately. Other political figures from the minor parties, not the least being Timothy Jonas, Ralph Ramkarran, Asha Kissoon, Rhonda Ann-Lam, Vishnu Bandhu, Lenox Shuman, Robert Badal, among others are also applauded for their role in the battle for a fair electoral count. The public is enamoured by Jagdeo’s leadership skills. And the majority of the nation is behind Jagdeo and the leaders of the small parties. They note that he and spokespersons of small parties told the public not what it wanted to hear but facts about the electoral outcome and their party’s position. The people feel that the struggle for a fair vote outcome will succeed or fail on the basis of Jagdeo’s leadership and his skill in keeping the Opposition together on the vote count. It is noted that Jagdeo has served as Opposition Leader at the right time. He has brought his considerable political skills and experience to save the day for the Opposition. No one was better suited for this battle of fighting against voter fraud than Jagdeo. He has withstood enormous pressure put up by the other side. He faced the challenges with bluster and force. It is noted that anyone else would have crumbled under such intense pressure. People say his vote count speeches came across as articulate, sharp, witty, and intellectual, and that he spoke with resilience and confidence. The Guyanese public appeals to the authorities to allow a proper vote count in Guyana as the White politicians did in America when Blacks were robbed of their votes. Electoral banditry of Black votes ended in America. Inaccurate vote count must end in Guyana!
Prashad"Rama can't pee" have you gone nuts. Trotman, Sherod Duncan and Jucentha Rodrigues of the AFC are PNC. Duncan went so far recently as to call my leader a bastard on social media. Well my leader is not a bastard. No compromise with the AFC. [ more ]
Ramakant-PJagdeo has successfully unite the smaller partners of the coalition except the AFC against PNC. Only the two coolies at the top of the AFC are with the PNC . The rest of the Members including Trotman are with the Opposition. [ more ]
Senior Counsel Neil Boston who represented the interest of the Chief Elections Officer said the decision by Justice Holder has now cleared the way for the Chief Elections Officer to compile his final report on the declarations by the 10 Returning Officers and submit that report to GECOM.
In the High Court this afternoon, Justice Franklin Holder ruled that his Court does not have jurisdiction to hear an application by PPP General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo to throw out the declaration of results made by Region 4 Returning Officer, Clairmont Mingo.
Justice Holder ruled that the matter may be best dealt with in an election petition and therefore that matter is dismissed.
Senior Counsel Neil Boston who represented the interest of the Chief Elections Officer said the decision by Justice Holder has now cleared the way for the Chief Elections Officer to compile his final report on the declarations by the 10 Returning Officers and submit that report to GECOM.
Mr. Jagdeo’s Attorney, Anil Nandlall said the Full Court had earlier threw out the injunctions in the recount matter and therefore that process should continue. He said he found Justice Holder’s ruling to be a strange one.
“Suddenly, Justice Holder departed from all those authorities and ruled that he had no power, to do so and you must do so by election petition when Justice George heard all those arguments and say the Election Commission is different from the Returning Officer. The Election Commission is made of the Election Commissioners and Chairman, The Returning Officer is an ordinary public officer within the electoral process and therefore such an officer obviously is subject to judicial review”, Nandlall contended.
Both Courts recognised the independence of the Guyana Elections Commission to address the matters related to the elections.
Former MemberWhere were you when the other parties are abusive to PPP supporters? I keep asking you this question many times... set your notification for the other side. You keep making reference of Jagan and Burnham respectful relationship. There was no social media then,if we had, we would have seen the same behavior... I saw you revert to abuse and cuss down when cornered. You are not a church boy Tola. [ more ]
Former MemberBai, me can’t give dem out. ABC is now moving at a fast pace. Me and Bibi cool. [ more ]
Jason Carter, chairman of The Carter Center Board of Trustees and co-leader of the Center’s election observation mission in Guyana, speaks with voters early in the morning on election day. (Photo: The Carter Center/R. Borden)
On March 2, citizens of Guyana went to the polls for what the country was calling “the mother of all elections.”
Every election is important, of course, but this one was deemed especially so because five years ago, Exxon discovered massive amounts of oil off the coast of Guyana. The first barrels hit the market in January. Now this small, poor nation is poised to become a very rich one. And the country’s two major political parties – which are divided largely along ethnic lines – desperately want to control the coming wealth.
The 2020 election came more than a year after a National Assembly no-confidence motion against President David Granger in December 2018. The ruling party challenged the motion in the courts for months but lost. The newfound oil revenue, many Guyanese believe, could keep the winner of the 2020 election in power for decades.
“The stakes in this election are very high,” said David Carroll, director of the Carter Center’s Democracy Program. “One major political parties’ base is mostly Afro-Guyanese, and the other is mostly Indo-Guyanese, and elections tend to bring longstanding ethnic tensions to the surface. Because The Carter Center has a long history in Guyana – President Carter first led an election observation mission there in 1992 – and is seen as a trusted partner, it was important for us to observe this election.”
The Center deployed a team of 10 election experts and long-term observers to Guyana in January, and in late February, they were joined by more than 30 short-term observers led by Aminata Touré, former prime minister of Senegal, and Jason Carter, chair of The Carter Center Board of Trustees.
“Guyana stands at a crossroads,” Carter said. “Not only is it critical that this election is seen as credible, it’s also essential that it serves as a springboard to a future that is more inclusive and so that all the people of Guyana can share in this new wealth.”
Election day proceeded smoothly. The Center’s observers sent back mostly positive reports from all 10 of the country’s regions. But tallying went astray in Region 4 – which is the largest region and includes the capital of Georgetown – when, after only half the results for the region had been tabulated in the presence of observers, the returning officer responsible for the tallying abruptly announced the rest of results, which indicated that the ruling party had come from behind to win the election.
The Carter Center and other international observer missions denounced the declaration of unverified results, saying they lacked credibility, and called for a return to the verification process. The opposition party filed a lawsuit, and Guyana’s chief justice ordered a return to the previous tallying process. But the restarted process didn’t meet the standards set by the court, according to Carter Center observers and others.
Days later, the leaders of the two parties agreed to a recount supervised by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), but an injunction filed by ruling party supporters has halted the recount, for now.
And so the country – and the world – waits.
Four weeks after election day, Guyana still doesn’t have a new president. The Carter Center – concerned about the stalled process, international travel restrictions brought on by the Covid-19 virus, and harassment of observers by ruling party supporters – made the difficult decision to pull its observers out of the country on March 20.
“We’re still committed to observing the entire electoral process,” said Brett Lacy, an associate director in the Center’s Democracy Program. “Nonpartisan observers have an important role to play. We report what we see and hear to the rest of the world. Whoever wins the election should want to ensure that their victory is seen as credible.”
The Center is also committed to supporting constitutional reform in Guyana.
“The Carter Center has long believed that Guyana needs to reform its constitution and electoral laws to get rid of its winner-takes-all election system, which tends to exacerbate conflict,” Carter said. “We believe it is critical for Guyana to make these changes to help make it possible for Guyanese to live together in peace and prosperity.”
Former MemberI am sure they are not done as yet. Shameless people do struggle to understand the degree of their shamelessness. It not done yet. But in the end they will have to accept the stark truth that they did not WORK hard enough to EARN re-election. [ more ]
ZedThe coalition and its surrogates are running out of room to make try and steal the elections so they are getting desperate. I wonder what they will try next. [ more ]
The headquarters of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Railway Road, Kitty.
The Alliance For Change (AFC) Monday night endorsed calls for a national unity government and constitutional Reform and said it was ready to be party of those discussions.
“The Party therefore calls on our national leaders to immediately commence talks in good faith to achieve those objectives of unity, healing and reconciliation. The AFC has authorised its leaders to actively participate in that critical exercise,” the AFC said.
The AFC, which is part of the incumbent coalition with A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), said after the court rulings and constitutional steps, whichever party takes the seat of government out of the March 2, 2020 general elections must engage the other party in a power-sharing administration with clear longterm goals.
“The Alliance For Change maintains that following the completion of all legal and constitutional proceedings, it is imperative that the Party that is legally empowered to form the next government must show magnanimity and accede to an agreed governance arrangement that involves shared governance, national unity and constitutional reform,” the AFC said.
Specifically, the AFC says that, at a minimum, the proposed talks should include arrangements for: • A Government of National Unity for a mutually agreed defined period
• A census and national registration exercise to be undertaken and completed within the life of the national unity government
• Constitutional reform to be pursued and completed within the life of the national unity government, which must include a reform of our electoral system
The AFC says it is committed to this pathway and calls on all political parties, civic leaders and all Guyanese to “go beyond the recurring political rhetoric and open avenues to achieve national unity.” “This will certainly avoid the potential for imminent racial violence,” the AFC said.
The Working People’s Alliance (WPA), which is part of the People’s National Congress Reform-dominated APNU, and the African Cultural and Development Association have made suggestions similar to the AFC’s.
The AFC, at the same time, insisted that it won the inconclusive and controversial general elections earlier this month.
Like APNU and WPA, the AFC pledged to respect the decisions of the Court, “as a main constitutional pillar,” and “calls on all Guyanese to do so.”
The mainly East Indian-backed People’s Progressive Party (PPP), which is insisting on a recount of Region Four votes or all 10 electoral districts, has not shut the door to a new governance arrangement but said this must emerge out of transparent and credible results. The PPP, too, has claimed victory and has gone as far as titling Dr. Irfaan Ali “President-elect”.
The AFC called on regional and international observers and representatives of friendly states to respect the constitutional right of Guyanese to access established legal and constitutional mechanisms for settling disputes. The American, British,Canadian and European Union governments have been repeatedly warning of consequences and isolation if a government is sworn in based on non-credible elections.
The AFC said in light of the current tense political environment, regardless of the final declarations of GECOM and the rulings of the Courts to come, “it is incumbent on our national leaders on both sides of the political divide to take bold and decisive action in the interest of achieving national unity, healing and reconciliation.
A repeat of our bitter history of post elections violence and the propensity for ethnic conflicts must be avoided at all costs,” that party said.
The APNU+AFC is supported by mainly Afro-Guyanese.
In a unanimous decision, the Full Court ruled that Justice Holder made an error in determining that he can hear the case filed by APNU+APNU Candidate Ulita Moore.
Justice Holder ruled on March 27 that he can hear the case and that it would be tried, but Justices George and Harnanan found that it is not within the court’s jurisdiction to review decisions of GECOM to carry out its mandate.
According to Justices George and Harnanan, the filing of the proceedings by Moore prevented GECOM from effectively carrying out its functions to facilitate elections.
In handing down the decision, Justice George said that the entire scheme of the country’s elections law allows GECOM to resolve difficulties that arise.
Justice Holder granted the orders at the request of Moore, who was an East Coast Demerara candidate for the Coalition in the 2018 Local Government elections and a Region Four candidate for the Coalition in the March 02 elections.
He granted an order restraining GECOM from permitting or authorising any actions pursuant to the agreement initiated by the President and agreed to by the Opposition Leader for a CARICOM High-Level team to supervise the recount.
The agreement was signed Monday night. The Full Court has now vacated that order.
President David Granger and the Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had agreed to a national recount of all votes cast in the ten electoral districts.
Moore also applied for and was granted an interim order blocking the Elections Commission from setting aside the declarations made by the ten electoral districts.
An order was also made blocking the Chief Elections Officer from preparing and submitting a report to GECOM on the declarations that have been made. That order was also vacated.
Article 162 of the Constitution, the Full Court noted, gives overriding powers to GECOM to manage the elections. The Court ruled that the Constitution and Parliament gave GECOM the authority to operate independently to resolve difficulties as these may arise.
The full GECOM met and agreed that a CARICOM supervisory team would be the mechanism to address questions that arose about the tabulation of Statements of Poll to arrive at an acceptable elections result.
cainStop the count Stop the count. cyan have election in a leap year. [ more ]
Former MemberThen leh GECOM be de arbiter and do the wrong thing and see whah happen. None of the real powers a'int talking about elections petition. Dem all talking about Granger being sworn illegally. So y'all try deh. [ more ]
DjangoAll of them reached a dead end , that's it. GECOM is the arbiter ,any disagreement ,an Election petition can be filed. [ more ]
Reports are that one of two patients who was hospitalised at Coronavirus Intensive Care Unit (ICU) has passed away.
According to reports, the 38-year old man worked in the past at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) as an emergency medical technician and runs a private health care entity which does home care services.The man, who lived at South Ruimveldt Gardens with his family, was admitted to the GPHC over a week ago after complaining of feeling unwell.
He was hospitalised and as his condition deteriorated, he was taken to the Intensive Care Unit. He died on Tuesday morning. Reports from staff at the hospital are that the man’s wife, who is pregnant, was collected by health officials on Monday night and placed in isolation.
Guyana had confirmed its first imported case of COVID-19 in Georgetown on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.
That patient, a 52-year-old Guyanese woman who had travelled from the United States of America to Guyana on March 5, 2020, was presented to the public health system on March 10. She died at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation on March 11. Since then, four of the woman’s relatives have tested positive for the virus.
The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Guyana increased to eight, inclusive of the two deaths.
kpSecond COVID-19 fatality identified as Director of Reliance HealthCare Jermaine Ifill By Staff Editor March 31, 2020 The second patient who succumbed to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) this morning has been identified as the Executive Director of Reliance HealthCare, Jermaine Ifill. “Can’t believe covid got me typing RIP…I tried to call you when you were first admitted and you cut off the phone because you said when you talk you (can’t) breath so i must text you. I texted you this morning... [ more ]
cainDrug stores are considered essential, so are the erb dispensaries. Liquor stores are considered essential because those in high places partake in it, so do those seriously hooked on alcohol and without it could be as in the time of prohibition. [ more ]
BasemanNJ ok, nuff business still operating. But Andrew Cuomo’s moves threatens us. Essential businesses like liquor stores are exempt. [ more ]
Former MemberI think this is the last elections that will have this much drama. One thing was learned by this elections. Candidates have to work to earn votes and when given the vote has to work hard to keep that vote. The PNC were still thinking like they were in the 1980s where they can get away with playing bully but technology was able to expose their attempt to rig the elections. The PPP prior to losing in 2015 had forgotten how it felt to be in the Opposition (some never knew it) so they did not do... [ more ]
Demerara_GuyAgreed Ksazma on Dave's presence on the forum. Both Dave and Django have their views/approach and they are not afraid to express them. [ more ]
TolaYou know, wid all de shit dat get posted on GNI, everyone have the same thing in mind. A betta life fa de ordinary people in Guyana. Rass man, I am torn with what me see and the people deserve better. [ more ]
Former MemberLike cane juice business slow rass ? Looko hey, me don’t like use crayon. Me waiting fuh go visit Guyana when King Ali crowned. Me want buy some estate land fuh build a lil hut. Me want to cuss dem rass fuh giving up suh easy in 2015. he he heheh he he [ more ]
Fox and Daily Mail report wet markets in China, which are suspected to be the origin of coronavirus, are reopening.
Studies dating back to 2007 have described wet markets and bat consumption as a “time bomb” for a virus outbreak.
Authorities have to restrict wet markets to prevent new outbreaks, at least until the coronavirus pandemic subsides.
Wet markets in China have reportedly reopened after easing of lockdown measures across several cities. Studies dating back to 2007 have suggested that wet markets and the consumption of bats are a “time bomb” for a coronavirus outbreak.
Wild animal wet markets have long been recognized as a major pandemic threat. As coronavirus spread, China announced it would crackdown on them obviously, but it looks like the crackdown didn’t last long.
With scientists pointing towards the Chinese horseshoe bat as the likely origin of coronavirus, the resumption of consuming and capturing bats poses a threat of the continuous spread of the virus.
The markets have gone back to operating in exactly the same way as they did before coronavirus…The only difference is that security guards try to stop anyone taking pictures which would never have happened before.
Bat Eating And Wet Markets Must Be Stopped To Prevent Coronavirus
The coronavirus pandemic is en route to impose possibly the worst recession in the U.S.and in the global economy since the Great Depression in 1929.
The U.S. stocks have recovered through aggressive fiscal policies, but the threat to manufacturing, retail, and other major industries across the U.S., Europe, and even China place the world at risk of a prolonged economic downturn.
To prevent another coronavirus outbreak from occurring in the future, it is critical to eliminate practices that are suspected to have led to the virus outbreak.
Former MemberRead nah man. Meh seh seldom. In fact, I dread eating out. [ more ]
Former MemberBai, yuh frenenemy nah live in dat considered tri county. [ more ]
Former MemberI saw this message on facebook...The struggling masses in the Indian sub-continent don't eat these horrible creatures, they find ways to survive...They never infected anyone with Pandemics...They are a people to be admired... [ more ]
WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The Trump administration today called for a power-sharing transitional government in Venezuela made up of the opposition and some members of President Nicolas Maduro’s Socialist Party, and laid out for the first time how U.S. sanctions might be lifted, including on the vital oil sector.
With the South American nation squeezed by a U.S. economic pressure campaign, low world oil prices and a spreading coronavirus pandemic, Washington unveiled a more toned-down approach aimed at promoting fair elections this year to end the political crisis there, U.S. officials said.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was due to formally announce the administration’s “Democratic Transition Framework” for Venezuela, which, according to a document seen by Reuters, offers a detailed, “sequenced exit path” from tough U.S. sanctions if Maduro and his allies cooperate.
But it will be no easy task to draw Maduro, who holds onto power despite escalation of U.S. efforts to oust him and has showed no willingness to end his rule, onto a path of political reconciliation.
The initiative comes less than a week after the U.S. government took a more confrontational tack, indicting Maduro and more than a dozen other current and former top Venezuelan officials on charges of “narco-terrorism,” accusations he dismissed as false and racist.
Maduro’s staying power has become a source of frustration for President Donald Trump, U.S. officials have said privately. Maduro retains the backing of the military as well as Russia, China and Cuba.
“The regime is now under heavier pressure than it has ever been,” U.S. Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams told Reuters, previewing the plan. “Maybe this pressure will lead to a serious discussion within the regime.”
The U.S. proposal, which Abrams said was approved by Trump, calls for Maduro to “step aside” and for the opposition-controlled National Assembly “to elect an inclusive transitional government acceptable to the major factions” and then oversee elections in late 2020.
But in what appears to be a softening of tone toward Maduro, Abrams said the plan did not call for him to be forced into exile and even suggested that he “could theoretically run” in the election.
RESISTANCE SEEN FROM SOCIALIST LAWMAKERS
With experts deeming OPEC member Venezuela among the countries that could be hardest hit by the coronavirus, opposition leader Juan Guaido proposed over the weekend the formation of an emergency government of members across the political spectrum.
The U.S. plan seeks to build on the effort by Guaido, who has been recognized by the United States and more than 50 other nations as the rightful president, as well as a failed round of negotiations between the two sides in Barbados last year that the Trump administration dismissed at the time.
The proposal represents a significantly less bellicose tone from the administration’s pronouncements since January of last year when Guaido invoked the constitution to assume a rival interim presidency, arguing that Maduro’s 2018 re-election was a sham. Maduro calls Guaido a U.S. puppet.
“Today we are announcing a Democratic Transition Framework to help Venezuelans escape from the national crisis that falling oil prices and the coronavirus have now deepened,” Abrams said in an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal.
But the success of the plan, which calls for power-sharing between the Guaido-led opposition and Socialist lawmakers, would ultimately hinge on Socialist leaders turning on Maduro, the same strategy that Guaido has been unable to execute.
U.S. authorities in 2019 offered to lift individual parts of the sanctions in exchange for specific actions by Maduro, but that did not lead his allies to accept a deal, said sources familiar with the situation.
Socialist legislators are again considered unlikely to go along with the new U.S. plan.
A fresh offer of sanctions relief, however, seeks to persuade them to peel off from Maduro, whose immediate reaction, Abrams said, “will be to reject this.”
Individual sanctions on dozens of Venezuelan government officials could be lifted as soon as they give up their posts, Abrams said.
Broader economic sanctions, including on Venezuela’s oil sector and state oil company PDVSA, would be removed only after Maduro leaves office and all “foreign security forces” are withdrawn, a reference to Cuban operatives and a small Russian contingent, Abrams said.
He said, however, the proposal would not have a mechanism to revoke indictments against Maduro and his loyalists. “People should hire lawyers and start talking to the Department of Justice,” he added.
At the same time, the framework calls for amnesty and creation of a “Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” while allowing senior military officers, governors and mayors to stay in their positions during the transition period, Abrams said.
Under the plan, the Supreme Court and National Electoral Council would be replaced and political prisoners released, according to the State Department document. Guaido would also step down but could seek election to the presidency, Abrams said.
Abrams said that if the framework were adopted, there would be the possibility of help from the International Monetary Fund and the administration would also ask the U.S. Congress to approve aid.
Such as Brian Max and James Bond should be ignored and do not five them any attention.
The bigger fools are some of you along with your PPP cohorts who are shouting political prisoner. As far as I am concerned, people like Brian Max and James Bond ahould be locked up and then throw away the keys.
This is no time for anyone to call for blood bath, period!
“I am hoping that when the time is right liberal democrats everywhere would support an international inquiry into foreign interference in Guyana’s 2020 elections, and the attempt at regime change of a friendly government,” said Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo in his latest column ‘My Turn’.
He pointed out that it is interesting to note the number of times American Deputy Secretary of State has intervened to issue threats against Guyana, even as the United States is battling its owns challenges to combat COVID-19, as all other countries are doing. But despite this, Nagamootoo noted that the urgency of the Guyana mission appears to take precedence.
The Prime Minister wrote, “In 1995 while attending an IDB-World Bank environmental conference in Florida, I met Dean Rusk, a former American Secretary of State, who had reportedly played an infamous role in the earlier destabilisation of a legally elected government in the then British Guiana. Smiling as we shook hands, he appeared relieved that Cheddi Jagan was returned to office, and that the mischief of the past had been undone.”
He continued, “Today, I can hear again the chant, “cheated not defeated,” which is mis-directed not at the foreign electoral engineers and their local lackeys who attempted to dislodge a democratically elected government, but against the constitutional agencies that are standing firmly in defence of Guyana’s sovereignty.”
But, not a military or economic power, Guyana has responded with patriotism and dignity to the international threats, the Prime Minister further said. As a matter of fact, he reminded that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has insisted that Guyana is a sovereign State that upholds and respects the Rule of Law.
Elections in Guyana are governed by the Constitution; the government does not run elections, which is the remit of a constitutional body, Nagamootoo added. He sought to further remind that the final tabulation of results of the elections has been delayed not by government but by legal processes that are engaging the attention of the courts.
“This is how a democracy works, or ought to work,” Nagamootoo stressed. But, he said there is impatience at the legal processes, and it is giving way to threats of sanctions and an undeclared war of terror. According to him, the PPP, once the victim of foreign intervention, has become the Trojan Horse of erstwhile geo-strategic interests.
He wrote that the PPP’s pseudo leaders are gleefully inviting more foreign interference in the electoral process.
“They [the PPP] have earlier contracted a controversial foreign U.S.-based company to set its agenda, and they have since joined the wolf-pack of anti-nationalist elements who want sanctions against Guyana,” the Prime Minister concluded.
Former Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan signs off on 45 transfers of state lands. It would appear that part of the delaying tactics is to facilitate further illegal transfers of state resources as a last minute grab. These individuals should take serious warning and note that all corrupt and illegal acquisition of state assets will be investigated and those involved will be held accountable.
APNU/AFC MP Jermaine Figueira, and others among the recipients.
The publication of an extraordinary edition of the Official Gazette on Monday (March 23, 2020), shocked Guyanese, as it details 45 transfers of state lands.
The 180-page document shows that the APNU+AFC Coalition’s Jermaine Figueira, alone, secured two plots of land in Linden, Region 10, which totals over two acres.
Further, while the gazette is dated March 21, 2020, all the land transfer orders were signed by the Coalition’s Winston Jordan on February 28, 2020 – raising concerns that the documents may have been backdated.
The list of beneficiaries includes:
1. Dellon Congreaves – Lot 927 Covent Gardens, EBD (0.115 of an acre)
2. Carol Stephens Fowler – Lot 242 Block 22, Wismar, Linden(0.115 of an acre)
3. Andrew Archer – Lot 269 Block 22, Wismar (0.115 of an acre)
4. 1Andrea Roberts – Lot 6 West Watooka, Wismar Linden (0.228 of an acre)
5. Althea David – Lot 11 Waterlily Road, Christianburg, Wismar, Linden (0.166 of an acre)
6. Abigail Marks – Lot 1221 Central Amelia’s Ward, Linden (0.118 of an acre)
7. Erica Shepherd-Caesar – Lot 2408 Amelia’s Ward, Linden (0.115 of an acre)
8. Gregory Nedd – Lot 23 Trewern Avenue, Richmond Hill, Linden (0.379 of an acre)
9. Jean Williams – Lot 157 Self Help Housing Scheme, Amelia’s Ward, Linden (0.357 of an acre)
10. Jennifer Whinfield – Lot 2408 Central Amelia’s Ward, Linden (0.4224 of an acre)
11. Julius Anthony Hooper – Lot 231 Wisroc Housing Scheme (0.115 of an acre)
12. Kevin Glenn – Lot 5562 Central Amelia’s Ward, Linden (0.111 of an acre)
13. Neville Williams – Lot 97 Riverside Drive, Watooka, Linden (0.115 of an acre)
14. Orvil Assanie Parris – Lot 102 River Side Drive, Watooka, Linden (0.274 of an acre)
15. Ophuese Holder – Lot 59 Victory Valley, Linden (0.169 of an acre)
16. Orden Nelson – Lot 153A Noitgedacht, Linden (0.179 of an acre)
17. Quacy Bremer – Lot 10-11 Cinderella City, Amelia’s Ward, Linden (0.144 of an acre)
18. Rudolph Whittaker – Lot 11 Blueberry Hill, Wismar Linden (0.115 of an acre)
19. Rawle Nelson – Lot 82 Half Mile, Wismar Linden (0.184 of an acre)
20. Ryan Waldron – Lot 31 Blueberry Hill, Wismar, Linden (0.115 of an acre)
21. Shamar Davis – Lot 160 Block 22, Wismar, Linden (0.115 of an acre)
22. Wesley Whinfield – Track ‘DA’, Block ‘F’ of Lot 44, or Plantation Fairs Rust (0.231 of an acre)
23. Tonya Amos – Lot 1239 Central Amelia’s Ward, Linden (0.115 of an acre)
24. Shimeka Adams – Lot 2074 Central Amelia’s Ward, Linden (0.115 of an acre)
25. Wilbert Bethune – Lot 507 Canvas City, Wismar, Linden (0.370 of an acre)
26. Wonnetta Nicholson – Lot 98 Burnham Drive, Christianburg, Wismar, Linden (0.396 of an acre)
27. Reneisha Thompson – Lot 78 Self Help Housing Scheme, Amelia’s Ward, Linden (0.1370 of an acre)
28. Serojnie Narine – Lot 5 Speightland Retrieve, Linden (0.1404 of an acre)
29. Tschika McBean – Lot 86 One Mile Extension, Linden (0.1478 of an acre)
30. Tschika McBean – Lot 86 One Mile Extension, Linden (0.1404 of an acre)
31. Dennis Less – Lot 54 Richmond Hill, Linden (0.154 of an acre)
32. Anastacia Stephens – Lot 182 Wisroc Housing Scheme, Linden (0.183 of an acre)
33. Eric Shepherd – Lot 922 Victory Valley, Linden (0.157 of an acre)
34. Gordon Abrams – Lot 29 Trewern Avenue, Richmond Hill, Linden (0.160 of an acre)
35. Ian Alli – Lot 159 Damon Avenue, Mackenzie, Linden (0.219 of an acre)
36. Jamella Campo – Lot 59 Riverside Drive, Watooka, Linden (0.159 of an acre)
37. Odetta Stewart – Lot 52 Self Help Scheme, Amelia’s Ward, Linden (0.115 of an acre)
38. Judy Ann Bethune – Lot 9 Fairs Rust, Linden (0.157 of an acre)
39. Natalie La Rose – Lot 700 Sector ‘B’, Block ‘X’, Great Diamond Housing Scheme (0.155 of an acre)
40. Stacey Simon – Lot 20 Fairs Rust, Linden (0.159 of an acre)
41. Rachel Henry – Lot 49 William Street, Campbellville, Georgetown (0.152 of an acre)
42. Ronesha Ross Ajeday – Lot 157 Noitgedacht, Linden (0.159 of an acre)
43. Vladimir Glasgow – Block ‘A’ 2nd Floor Doctor’s Quarter, Richmond Hill, Linden (0.157 of an acre)
44. Jermaine Figueira – Lot 139 Second Street, Silvertown, Linden (1.851 of an acre)
45. Jermaine Figueira – Lot 52 Wisroc Housing scheme, Linden (0.46 of an acre)
The lands are all on the right bank of Demerara River. The transfers of state lands to private ownership remain a contentious issue, particularly given the magnitude of the transfers.
On an almost weekly basis Transfer of Property Orders are included in the publications of the Official Gazette. Prior to this one, the last transfers of state lands were exposed in the February 15, 2020 edition of the Official Gazette, which detailed 14 transfers.