Opposition Leader responses to Prez Ali’s re pre-conditions for consultation

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Guyana: Opposition Leader David Arthur Granger responded to President Irfaan Ali’s re pre-conditions for consultation.

Opposition Leader stated he had taken note of media stories quoting President Irfaan Ali as saying that he will join in no talks with me until He recognizes the government and seeking to place the burden of accountability with me for discussions to occur.

He offers his consideration rejection of this notion. This is an unreasonable proposition, and a continuation of the PPP regime’s intransigence is refusing to interlock in dialogue. 

As he has been and as is well known, he is designated Leader of the Opposition prepared to meet with Prez Ali in the best interest of advancing the cause of the Guyanese population.

It continues to be clear as day that the PPP government and President Ali has no interest in genuine discussion and dialogue; he has no interest in all Guyanese who he claims to represent; he has no interest in One Guyana.

He is purely and adamantly regarded only with being in power and less than half of Guyana, representing the PPP supporters.

He has already outlined that Guyana’s organization does not set pre-conditions for further consultation and dialogue between the President and the Leader of the Opposition.

Mr. Ali and his handlers in the PPP can decide whether they want to put the nation first, as I am appointed to do, or wish to continue with their discriminatory, partisan and isolationist approach.

He has stated from the outset, and he reaffirms now, once again, that I am prepared to meet with President Ali at a together convenient time in the interest of meaningful dialogue and discussion and to advance the part of the people of Guyana.

Finally, he reemphasized the 8 points he concluded in my recent Budget Debate submission, which will move the nation forward and form part of the plan between the President and him.

The PPP Government cannot function by just seeing red or green communities. Our societies are made up of people. We must agree that constructive engagements based on clear principles and widened stakeholdership at the National, Regional, and Community levels are a sine qua non for our improvement.

Moreover, he stated, We must now shift from ethnic marginalization and vindictiveness. We must agree to join to cause redress on what has occurred. We must agree to a collective concentration on poverty and the plight of our poor citizens.

Furthermore, he stated, We must agree that there is a need for urgent and urgent protection of our sovereignty and national heritage. We have no representation on the coronavirus task force – which we believe must be expanded to include a name at a meaningful level. 

“We must agree that there is an urgent requirement to update our Elections laws to ensure a List of Electors that reflect Guyana’s authenticity,” he added.

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