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Guyana president denies diplomats' accusations; reiterates willingness to hold local elections
Published on June 27, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- President Donald Ramotar on Wednesday denied accusations by the diplomatic community that the long standing failure to hold local government elections is undermining democracy in Guyana.

President Donald Ramotar
The assertions were made by US Ambassador, Brent Hardt, and the United Kingdom’s High Commissioner to Guyana, Andrew Ayre. Hardt made the charge during an interview with the Stabroek News on Tuesday whilst Ayre made his two weeks ago during a reception for the celebration of the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.

During Wednesday’s annual general meeting of the Private Sector Commission (PSC), Ramotar stated, “I do want to have local government elections as soon as possible; there is no resistance on my part.”

He further disagreed with the idea that the lack of local government elections means that democracy is being undermined.

“What undermines democracy is when you listen to everybody’s telephone calls, and read their e-mails, and ban them from having collective bargaining in their own country, in different parts of North America and Europe,” the president declared.

“We are always ready to have local government elections, and we do not take threats,” he stated.
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