President recognises int’l community’s fight for Guyana’s democracy
─ pays homage to the late Owen Arthur
─ promises to be a President for all Guyanese
DPI, Guyana, Saturday, August 8, 2020
Guyana’s 9th Executive President, His Excellency Mohamed Irfaan Ali acknowledged the member states of CARICOM and the international community that fought for democracy in Guyana during the recent election process in the country.
He said they deserve “our highest regard for keeping vigil with our nation over the last five months as we fought to hold high the Flag of Guyana as a democratic state.”
The Head of State made special mention of the efforts of the resident diplomatic corps from the United Kingdom, Canada, the European Union and the United States of America who, he said, “fearlessly defended our people’s political rights.”
The Organisation of American States (OAS), the Carter Center and the Commonwealth Group of Nations were also recognised. He paid special homage by observing a moment of silence for the late Owen Arthur, Former Prime Minister of Barbados
“They were epitomised by one man, who put our country before himself, in his determination that democracy should not die in Guyana, nor should our people be deprived of their political rights,” the President stated.
The Former Prime Minister died at age 70 on July 27. Prior to his demise, he led the Commonwealth Observer team at the March 2 General and Regional Elections in Guyana.
President Ali pledged to be a strong advocate for democracy pledged for all Guyanese.