Nov 07, 2017 News
– Granger focuses on 2020; says some damage left by PPP/C repaired
President David Granger pivoted away from last Thursday’s eventful opening of Parliament
to the coalition Government’s agenda for the 2020 general elections, telling a group of supporters in Atlanta, Georgia over the weekend, that Government has repaired some of the damage left behind by the previous Government.
“I was greeted in the National Assembly by a crowd of vulgarians, so it’s good to be here among fellow Guyanese and nobody is shouting at me and nobody is waving placards, so I feel at home and feel safe among you,” the President said at a meet and greet event for People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) North American Region.
During his address to the Parliament, President Granger outlined a range of legislative plans that Government expects to execute over the next year, a crucial benchmark for the APNU+AFC coalition administration. His speech was overshadowed by protest action from the Opposition, People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) as its members held up placards and shouted slogans which drowned out the President’s voice.
Among the plans is the strengthening of anti-corruption measures, which is one of the major campaign promises that saw the Government take power in May 2015 by a wave of voters seeking change in the political direction of Guyana.
Since the elections, there has been a feeling that promised changes have not been occurring fast enough and there is some discontent over the administration’s inability to successfully rein-in persons accused of corrupt practices, even though many of the allegations are well publicized in the media.
“The economy is changing; we have covered a lot of ground. We have several achievements and I am very proud we have been able to repair some of the damage we have found,” Granger reported.
The President told supporters that there is an important road ahead in preparation for the 2020 General Elections.
“Being at mid-term in my presidency and in the tenure of office of our coalition administration, it is time to take stock, so my visit here is very important and is a very serious one to decide how we go forward as a nation and plan not only for 2020, but years beyond,” the President outlined.
He said overseas-based Guyanese have a very important role to play, noting that there are just over one million Guyanese split between North and South America.
The President stated that he recognizes the important role played by Guyanese living abroad and as such, he has meaningfully engaged with them. He was dismissive of accusations that he is not engaging the Diaspora as idle talk.
“I never turned away from the Diaspora,” President Granger stated.
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