The Guyana government celebrates its first anniversary in power

By Rumi Samuel Published on August 04, 2021
The Guyana government celebrates its first anniversary in power

The ruling People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) marked its first anniversary in office on Monday, with President Dr Mohammed Irfaan Ali promising to defend democracy and uphold human rights in Guyana.

In a nationwide radio and television broadcast to mark the occasion, Ali said that he would also be honouring those persons and organizations that ensured the country would not have to “endure the agonizing and fearful ordeal that we suffered for five months from March 2, 2020, to August 2, 2020."

“Never again shall we countenance, in our country, any attempt to deny the popular will of the people,” Ali said, adding, “never again should the air of freedom that we breathe be poisoned by the noxious fumes of electoral malpractice and fraud.

“Never again should our integrity as a nation be threatened by the base motives and the nefarious intrigues of those who will defy the will of the people and subvert our democracy and their lust for personal power.”

The PPP/C was declared winners of the elections by the Guyana Electoral Commission (GECOM) after various recounts and court battles after the incumbent coalition administration, A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC) maintained it had won the polls.

The APNU+AFC has filed a petition challenging the outcome of the elections, and several GECOM officials, including the chief elections officer, Keith Lowenfield, is before the courts on several charges.

Rumi Samuel

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