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APNU, AFC still to discuss PM candidacy for upcoming elections

first_img– despite AFC choosing Ramjattan as its PM candidateAs Guyana prepares for General and Regional Elections in the coming months, the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance for Change (AFC) have not discussed its prime ministerial candidate although Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan was selected to take up the post once the Government gets back into power.General Secretary of the PNCR, Amna AllyThis is according to Chief Whip of the APNU, Amna Ally, who during a press conference on Friday stated that the AFC is yet to officially communicate with the APNU as to who the AFC’s prime ministerial candidate.“With regard to endorsing Minister Ramjattan, we have not received any formal request, notification or whatever…We are still about to engage the AFC for consultation to deal with Cummingsburg Accord among other matters that are important, and so maybe, maybe that is going to be one that will come up for discussion but at the moment we have no notification or no request from the AFC about a prime ministerial candidate.”The last time the two parties were supposed to meet, she explained, discussions were expected to be focused on the Cummingsburg Accord. She is, however, convinced that the two sides will meet soon.Leader of the AFC, Khemraj Ramjattan“There was supposed to be a meeting and that meeting did not come off but what I know is that the proposals were laid on the table. We have a team from the APNU side that is dealing with it and the AFC has a team. So, they are looking at the proposals and so on.”When questioned about the AFC’s proposals, Ali stated that she would be unable to disclose such, since she is not privy to that information as yet.“I am not part of that delegation that deals with the proposals. Mr Harmon and Ms Volda Lawrence are our representatives,” the PNCR General Secretary added.Ramjattan as PM candidate non-negotiablePrime MinisterMoses NagamootooHowever, just last month, General Secretary of the AFC David Patterson had stated that neither the PNCR nor any other member of the APNU can dictate or direct the selection of AFC for that party’s prime ministerial post.Patterson made those comments during one of his party’s press briefings and stated that the Cummingsburg Accord, which the AFC signed on to with the APNU, is still in existence, and as such, it is solely the responsibility of the AFC to choose its prime ministerial candidate for the upcoming elections in Guyana.This Accord has expired but according to Patterson, “It is very clear that the AFC shall nominate the PM candidate and it is very clear that the APNU shall nominate the presidential candidate. I don’t see anything, I don’t know anything, there has not been any discussion and we would not entertain any discussion that changes that. And that is just the way it is”.His remarks came in response to questions by the media about a recent statement made by Chairperson of the PNCR Volda Lawrence, who had noted that although the AFC has elected Khemraj Ramjattan to be its next prime ministerial candidate — replacing Moses Nagamootoo in June — the APNU and the AFC are yet to meet on this new development.“The party welcomes the fact that the AFC party was able to have their conference and elect their new candidate for the Prime Ministerial position. The coalition and the AFC have not reached that stage in terms of discussion on the prime ministerial candidate,” Lawrence had noted.In accordance with the Cummingsburg Accord between the two parties, AFC will have the Prime Ministerial position, while the presidential post goes to APNU. However, some believe that APNU would sidestep AFC and go the route of choosing a prime ministerial candidate from within its own grouping. The APNU alliance consists of five parties with the PNCR leading. The others are the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), Justice for All Party (JFAP), National Front Alliance (NFA) and the Guyana Action Party (GAP).Nevertheless, following the AFC’s National Executive Conference on June 15, the party’s newly elected General Secretary David Patterson had told reporters that Ramjattan’s nomination will have to be accepted by the majority of APNU.“The Alliance for Change is a political party in its own right. The AFC has made a recommendation it will stick by. So just like we did in 2015, we will do in 2019 or 2020, if we stay in a coalition… If we’re in a coalition and we’re governed by an agreement and that agreement is currently in effect, it says the AFC shall nominate a prime ministerial candidate. There’s nowhere in that agreement that says we’ll nominate a prime ministerial candidate who the coalition accepts or not,” Patterson had stated.PM Nagamootoo’s poor performance led to his oustingWhile the APNU fraction of the coalition earlier this year had already signalled support for its leader David Granger to return as presidential candidate, it was reported that sections of the AFC’s delegation felt that incumbent Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo’s performance over the years has not been up to par.However, earlier this year, AFC’s then leader and current Chairman, Raphael Trotman, had warned against replacing Nagamootoo, saying that it would undermine the coalition Government in the eyes of the people, by seeming to validate the Government’s failings and the passage of the No-Confidence Motion (NCM).“The No-Confidence Motion was a direct challenge on the Granger-Nagamootoo leadership. In my view, if we were to jump to replace either gentlemen in an emotive way, we would be openly conceding that the motion and vote were justified and valid,” Trotman had stated in sections of the media back in February.With the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) having already ruled that the No-Confidence Motion was validly passed against the coalition back in December, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is expected to provide a date as early as possible for elections to be held.last_img read more

ATHLETICS NEWS: CHRISTINE RUSSELL PRODUCES PERFORMANCE OF THE SEASON AT EUROPEAN JUNIOR CUP

first_imgLetterkenny 24/7 Notes Arguably the performance of the season was the 11th place finish by club junior Christine Russell in the European Junior Cup In Nottingham recently. Christine was first Irish junior home and she is really performing very well this season and at this rate of progression she will soon be making her senior debut for Ireland. She had a very impressive time of 1.03.14 which is almost seven minutes quicker than her third place finish in the recent Omagh event.On Saturday six club members made the long trek to Kenmare in Co.Kerry for the half Ironman National Championship race. Club chairman Gavin Crawford was first club man home, with the best age group performance being Nick Fowell who finished third in his age group in this tough race. Lisa Dalton unfortunately crashed off the bike but is thankfully not seriously hurt. If it was not for bad luck in her last twos races she would have had no luck at all! The event involved a 1900 meter swim 80km cycle and 21km run.> Locally there were good performances in the Milford 5k. There was a good turn out of club members at the charity Sportive organised on Sunday by club sponsors Mark and Gavin Hunter Of Letterkenny Bikes.> Our long course swimmers were out on Saturday with Mark McCollum completing the Rathmullen Buncrana swim . Keith Mc Clean and Karen Crawford swam the 10k Lough Key challenge in difficult conditions. > The next race on the agenda is the Titanic Olympic triathlon in Belfast on Sunday and the club AGM is fixed for the 7th of October.> There will be a course on triathlons for women only on the 13th and 14th of September In Aura Letterkenny.> This course held over two mornings will incorporate lectures a track session and a mini triathlon on the Sunday based from the pool in Aura.> Details are on the triathlon Ireland website and details are also available from [email protected] and Gavin Crawford at [email protected] or from the> club website www.letterkenny247.com > Training continues as follows:> Monday Open Water swim Gartan 6.30 pm> Tuesday track session Aura 7.50 pm> Wednesday pool session Aura 8 pm > Thursday time trial or brick 7pm Foxhall> Saturday group cycle Aura 9.30 am> Results> Nottingham ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup> 11th Christine Russell 1.03.14 (first Irish competitor)> Kenmare Lost Sheep National Half Ironman Championship> 17 Gavin Crawford 4.37.14 (4th in category)> 43 Nicholas Fowell 4.51.27 (3rd in category)> 73 Paul Doherty 5.04.34 (24th in category)> 265 Damian Mcgoohan 6.20.38 (45th in category)> dnf Lisa Dalton (retired injured)> dnf John Conaghan (retired injured)ATHLETICS NEWS: CHRISTINE RUSSELL PRODUCES PERFORMANCE OF THE SEASON AT EUROPEAN JUNIOR CUP was last modified: September 2nd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:athleticsletterkenny 24/7NoticesSportlast_img read more