Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo now has another political title to his name: “Elder Statesman/Political Advisor” for his Party.
This was based on the unanimous approval of the Alliance For Change (AFC), which held its National Conference Saturday at the Vreed-en-Hoop Primary School, on the West Bank of Demerara.
The position has no term limit, and Mr. Nagamootoo will serve on the party’s Management Committee as a full voting member.
The appointment came as a pleasant surprise to Nagamootoo, who had been nominated to contest the positions of Leader, Chairman and Vice Chairman, but withdrew his candidacy on the eve of the elections, citing the need to “make space in the party leadership for a new generation of leaders”.
Nagamootoo did however; contest for a position on the party’s National Executive Committee and received resounding support, coming in second with 104 votes among the 12 elected members of the Council.
The other members of the council include: Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson, Member of Parliament Audwin Rutherford, Director of Public Information Imran Khan, Government Information Agency (GINA) Director Beverly Alert, Deputy Mayor, Sherod Duncan, Business Executive Nicola Trotman, Attorney-at-Law Joel Edmund, Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs Valerie Garrido-Lowe, Member of Parliament Michael Carrington, Former Member of Parliament Trevor Williams and Ministry of Public Infrastructure official Neilson McKenzie.
Khan topped the vote tally with 132 votes, followed by Nagamootoo (104), Carrington (100), Garrido-Lowe (96) and Patterson (94).
According to the Party, Nagamootoo’s political career spans more than 50 years, during which time he served in the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) under former President Dr. Cheddi Jagan and held several ministerial portfolios. He joined the AFC in 2011 and in 2015 was elected Prime Minister under the APNU+AFC Coalition.
At the Party’s conference, Natural Resources Minister, Raphael Trotman, was elected the new leader of the AFC, while Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan, was appointed as the new Chairman.
Public Telecommunications Minister, Cathy Hughes, was elected Vice Chairperson and young businessman Marlon Williams is the new General Secretary.
In addition, the Women For Change (WFC) also held elections for the position of National Chairwoman as part of the National Conference. Alert and Trotman ended in a tie, however Trotman magnanimously withdrew, allowing Alert to head WFC.
WFC is the women’s arm of the AFC and its immediate priority will be to organize a National Women’s Conference at which elections for other positions will be held.
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