CARICOM team pulls out

The opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Tuesday said if David Granger is sworn in as President for a second straight term under a cloud of questionable election results, his administration would be deemed “illegal and illegitimate” and will lobby the international community for sanctions.

The PPP noted that earlier Tuesday United States (US) Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo remarked about Guyana’s political situation connected to the March 2, 2020 general elections, that “it is important to note that the individuals who seek to benefit from electoral fraud and to form illegitimate governments, regimes, will be subject to a variety of serious consequences from the United States.”

Secretary Pompeo said the US was closely monitoring the tabulation of votes in Guyana. He said the US joined the Organisation of American States, Commonwealth, European Union, Caricom and “other democratic partners in calling for an accurate count.” The US Secretary of State commended Caricom’s role in “seeking a swift democratic resolution.”

The PPP said “Should there be a swearing-in on the basis of fraudulent election results, the People’s Progressive Party will treat Mr. Granger’s regime as illegal and illegitimate and will pursue the consequences addressed by Secretary Pompeo to the end, as well as sanctions for the members of the APNU+AFC Coalition, their families, their cronies, and their collaborators.”

The PPP made known its position even as the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretary-General, Irwin La Rocque led a five-member high-level team that should have supervised the national recount to a meeting with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) indicating that they would be pulling out of Guyana. The delegation arrived at GECOM’s Headquarters at 5:31pm and left at 5:50pm.

The team, led by Dominica’s former Foreign Affairs Minister and Attorney General, Francine Baron, have aborted their mission after the High Court granted an injunction blocking an agreement between President Granger and Opposition Leader Jagdeo for a national recount of the votes cast.

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