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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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Taij seetaram:

Regarding the WICB's meeting with Government and other parties in Guyana...I do hope Guyana do not give in to the dictators in the WICB. I maintain that Guyana should seek Internationsl Test Cricket Status like Bangla Desh and other smaller countries.We have seen the incompetence of the WICB and as an Independent Nation we must now be able not only to say that we are independent...but that we will act as an Independent Nation and not held down by the WICB and their political games.We have talented young cricketers that have great potentials to groom for Cricket Stardom....simply look at our stalwarts from the past to the present.We need the confidence to act firmly and positively as an independent nation and move forward in this day and age. Give our people a chance to be proud once more, as an Independent Cricketing Nation. All is takes is confidence by the Government and to be Assertive.


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