PM welcomes resumed talks between Gov’t and Opposition

DPI, Guyana, Monday, July 23, 2018

Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo has welcomed the resumption of dialogue between Government and Opposition

The Prime Minister also said he is “undaunted” by the tactics of Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo to remove him from the negotiating table; since the talks are not about him but about the country’s well-being.

In his weekly column, ‘My Turn’, Prime Minister Nagamootoo addressed the comments made by Jagdeo to the media on Thursday last when he mentioned his party’s refusal to engage in bi-lateral talks led by the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo

The elder statesman stated that although disappointed by the opposition’s behaviour, it is the “brutal nature of politics” practised by the PPP to which he has grown accustomed.

He stated, instead, that the record shows that despite him having “major disagreements” with the competing parties throughout his political career, he always advocated for the ultimate goal of national unity.

President Granger has volunteered to lead the government’s delegation to these talks and Prime Minister Nagamootoo welcomed this decision, describing it as a politically correct one from which Jagdeo would be unable to wriggle out.

The Leader of the Governments Business in the National Assembly stated, too, that with the country drawing closer to becoming a major oil and gas economy, bipartisan cooperation is “strategically important” to ensure that Guyanese can equally benefit from these revenues.

The Prime Minister concluded by saying that “Guyana surely needs a fresh wave of political renewal that only visionary leadership could provide. Guyana cannot be stuck forever in the debilitating pastime of opposition for opposition’s sake and the outpourings of an overdose of pessimism and negativity. This is why the opposition has to come to the table to trash out real issues that could help to place us on the solid road towards national unity.”

By: Gabreila Patram

Image: Keno George