May 17, 2015 News
Embassy of the United States of America
The Embassy of the United States of America wishes to congratulate David Granger on his swearing-in as the new President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana. It is our hope that President Granger will work to repair the divisions in Guyanese society that have emerged during the election period and will work to promote inclusive governance and national development in the best interests of all of the people of Guyana.
The United States of America pledges its willingness to work collaboratively with the new government in this regard.
At the same time, the Embassy wishes to extend its appreciation to outgoing President Donald Ramotar and the members of his government for their service to the people of Guyana. The Embassy congratulates President Ramotar for the numerous achievements that his government made in the socio-economic development of the country and in strengthening the relationship between Guyana and the United States of America. We look forward to continuing to work closely with President Ramotar’s Peoples Progressive Party/Civic in its new role as loyal opposition.
The Embassy congratulates the people of Guyana on a democratic and peaceful election and transfer of power and the leadership and staff of the Guyana Elections Commission on a free, fair, and credible electoral process.
With the election campaign concluded and all ballots cast, counted and verified, it is time for Guyana to move forward. The Embassy calls upon all political leaders to work together in a spirit of reconciliation and to focus their efforts on collaboratively building the nation’s future.
Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The record will show that in the year before we celebrate our 50th Anniversary as a nation, the people of Guyana peacefully selected a new government to become the steward of our national affairs. There were of course, some delays and hiccups which caused some tense, if not frightening moments. Through it all however, we as a people and a nation showed the level of patience that prevented us from going down that path of senseless violence and destruction from which it would have been difficult to recover.
As the coalition celebrates its electoral success in the coming days, it is critical that it realizes the magnitude of the work ahead. A win by less than 10,000 votes is a clear indication that there is a significant constituency that needs to be convinced of the new government’s good intentions.
Both sides of the divide during the election season, shows clearly that there is a lot of work to be done. We must caution, however, that the solution is not to focus only on allaying the fears of one section of the population but the establishment of a comprehensive social compact that ensures that all groups are comfortable living and prospering in Guyana as is their right as citizens.
The coalition has already indicated that it is willing to work with the opposition but it is also for the opposition to play the responsible role in Parliament expected in a functioning democracy. The last few days were not encouraging, of course, but we are willing to assume that these are temporary emotions triggered by a loss at the polls.
It is said that third time is the charm. Once again, we have been given another opportunity to govern ourselves in a manner that will realize the potential that for the past 50 years has been nothing more than a broken promise. It is important we do not squander the opportunity. We may not get it again.
We at the Chamber therefore wish the new government all success and look forward to the forging of the partnerships so critical to the nation’s economic future.
Sir Ron Sanders
Your Excellency President David Granger; Hon Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo
Congratulations on the success of the coalition of the APNU and the AFC at the May 11 General Elections.
Your government, consisting of six political parties, is a strong foundation for national cohesion to which I know you are both deeply committed.
I wish you good fortune in the task of building Guyana in the context of its national motto, “One People, One Nation, One Destiny”.
The future of Guyana holds much promise for all its people. I know your government will work energetically to ensure the full realization of that promise.
With best wishes.
Sir Ronald Sanders
The Anna Catherina Islamic Complex (ACIC) & The Guyana United Sadr Islamic Anjuman (GUSIA) on behalf of the wider Muslim community express our heartfelt congratulations to Mr. David A. Granger, as the Eighth elected President of the Republic of Guyana.
In choosing you, the Guyanese people have chosen the path of change and optimism. At a time when the nation is so divided, the expression of faith in you and in the future is placed in the hands of yourself and your government. It is now up to you to bring about the unity that is so badly needed in our country.
At this time when we must face the enormous challenges in this beautiful country of ours, your election raises immense hope for the establishment of a united Guyana and to preserve peace and prosperity as well as the enviable diversity of the peoples of this great nation.
We call on you to be a President for every Guyanese, those who voted for you and those who voted against you. Your extension of a hand to the opposition party will be most welcomed to take our nation forward. Your leadership remains vital to meeting the tremendous challenges; peace and security and basically living the dream of a people who are united by race, by religion and by ethnicity. Guyanese are prepared to work together to build our country.
The Muslim community will work and support your government and pledge our contribution in nation building. As an Honorary Member of ACIC, we are doubly proud of your assumption to the highest office of the land and we are committed as a group to remain involved in the process of nation building by holding the government accountable for the decisions and the implementation of all the promises made during the campaign period.
President General – ACIC
“The Guyanese people through the sheer power of their vote have brought forth to this land a new paradigm in Guyana’s politics; where no more would any one political party have an exclusive monopoly over the political destiny of any ethnic group.
At the May 11, 2015 General and Regional Elections, the people spoke loudly and clearly about national unity as their critical priority, and they did this through fracturing the traditional support bases of the two major political parties.
And for those who are reluctant to accept and engage this new historical reality must be deemed to be in denial. But for now, all Guyanese should congratulate APNU+AFC coalition on a well-deserved electoral win which places it in the driver’s seat to advance nation building, fully inclusive of the poor and vulnerable.
Let me also use this window of opportunity to wish the coalition well in the formidable tasks that lie ahead.”
From the British High Commission
Let me take this opportunity to congratulate the people of Guyana following the formal declaration of results of the 2015 General and Regional elections. This was a hard fought campaign and the high level of participation is to be commended.
Let me also take this opportunity to congratulate David Granger, on his swearing in as the new President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana. I look forward to working with him and his team during the coming years.
It is also important to thank former President Ramotar and those who served in his government for their service to Guyana.
As we move forward now is the time to look to inclusiveness and reconciliation. As President Granger said in his speech the new government must represent the will of all the people of Guyana. The UK stands ready to assist with this process.
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