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Guyana: Ramjattan to challenge Nagamootoo for prime minister post

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Chairman of the AFC and Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan at Friday’s press conference

(NEWS ROOM GUYANA) — Chairman of the Alliance For Change (AFC) Khemraj Ramjattan has expressed an interest in being the coalition’s next Prime Ministerial Candidate.

“I have already indicated my interest,” he told reporters at a press conference at his party’s Railway Embankment, Georgetown, office Friday.

He added: “It is going to be interesting and it is good to have inside political parties, the regular rivalries between leaders.”

Ramjattan said the election of the Prime Ministerial Candidate will be made at a national conference of the AFC set for mid-June.

The A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) faction of the coalition has already endorsed President David Granger to lead the coalition at the next elections.

On January 29, the Department of Public Information published an article in which Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo endorsed himself to retain the post.

Nagamootoo said his party, the AFC for which he sits on the National Executive Committee (NEC), expressed full confidence in the continued leadership of President Granger and himself.

“It is important at this time for, the party from which I have come, the Alliance for Change (AFC), to express confidence in their Prime Minister and to express this confidence that those people who voted for us are assured of our continued leadership,” Nagamootoo was quoted as saying.

Other political parties, including the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and the Liberty and Justice Party (LJP), are yet to announce their Prime Ministerial candidates.

General Elections is constitutionally due in 2020, however, the Caribbean Court of Justice is expected to rule shortly on cases relating to a No-Confidence motion.

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