Jul 30, 2013 News
With three more days left before the ruling People’s Progressive Party holds its 30th National Congress, its highest decision-making forum, the party is confident it can win outright, any elections that is called.
Senior official, Clement Rohee, yesterday also insisted that the PPP remains a united force heading into the three-day congress beginning Friday at the J.C. Chandisingh Secondary School, Port Mourant, East Berbice.
Following the loss of its Parliamentary majority following the November 2011 elections, there have been speculations that the party was a fragmented one. Not so, Rohee insisted yesterday.
“…I think I have a sense of the adrenaline flowing in the party…this party is always prepared for any eventuality.”
Rohee, a long-serving member of the Central Committee, and the current Minister of Home Affairs, said that the PPP has the necessary machinery and leadership and stands “ready for the road.”
PPP, he said, would prefer to educate the people of Guyana of the “stumbling blocks” to major projects and in Parliament placed by the Opposition. It is only after this education process of informing the people that PPP would make a decision on the possibilities.
He said that the PPP has been evaluating its errors and will do so again this weekend at the Congress. It will be an uphill task with hard work required for the party to rebuild. “It can be accomplished, it will be accomplished, but hard work is required.”
During the party’s weekly press conference yesterday at its headquarters in Robb Street, Rohee defended the ruling party. He said that it has not moved away from the legacy of its founders…the Jagans. Had that been the case, “Rohee would not have been there.”
Rohee, who is chairing the National Congress Committee that is charged with organizing the event did not rule out the possibility of shared governance being an item on the agenda during the Berbice forum. However, the party is still assessing the submissions of the issues.
The congress, while according to Rohee is not the most critical one, would be significant in a number of ways. It has been taken back to Berbice, traditionally considered a stronghold of the PPP. It will also be the first time in the 50-year history of the party that none of the Jagans…Dr. Cheddi Jagan and Mrs. Janet Jagan…will be present.
One of its high ranking executives, two-time Speaker of the House, Ralph Ramkarran, resigned last year, citing the party’s intolerance to criticisms of corruption.
There have been speculations, though unconfirmed that there may be nominations for the position of the General Secretary, currently considered the leader of the party. That position is currently held by President Donald Ramotar, who is to take charge of the proceedings this weekend.
According to Rohee yesterday, the party’s Central Committee, its second highest decision-making forum, would be presenting a critical report on the party’s performance in the last five years, a review of the 2011 general elections and the way forward.
The congress is also set to attract the largest ever number of delegates and observers, with representatives of a number of overseas groups from the UK, US and Canada also expected.
Rohee was not in a position to discuss the nominations for the executive positions as these were still being considered by the Credentials Committee of the party.
Among other things, the party will, during a number of workshops, be looking into the current political situation, Parliament and the 2011 elections, youth and the international situation.
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