AFC submits MoU to APNU as coalition talks to conclude soon

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By Fareeza Haniff

AFC Members L – R: Moses Nagamootoo, Beverely Alert, Nigel Hughes and David Patterson. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – As the ‘pro – democracy alliance’ talks continue, the Alliance For Change (AFC) says it submitted a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) for its consideration.

General Secretary of the AFC, David Patterson told a news conference on Thursday, February 05 that discussions with the APNU are expected to last for another week, before the AFC reports to its Executive Committee on February 14, where it will be decided whether there will be a coalition with the APNU.

In the meantime, the MoU, he says covers areas of governance, matters of national, urgent and comprehensive constitutional reforms, reorganization and improvement of both the offices of the President and the Prime Minister, the possible size of a Pro Democracy Alliance (PDA) cabinet, a priority set of developmental policies and time frame for delivery for any PDA administration along with political structure and possible campaign methodology.

“This mission can no longer be delayed and must not be hampered by narrow, personal, ethnic or partisan interest but be driven and embolden by our leaders to take patriotic positions in the interest of all Guyana,” Patterson said.

He further noted that the negotiating team has held several firm working sessions in keeping with the timeline committed.

A seven member team has been appointed by the APNU to lead the discussions.

The AFC has also appointed its team, headed by Patterson. Other members include Basil Williams, who is representing the Peoples National Congress Reform (PNCR), Sydney Allicock representing the Guyana Action Party (GAP), Rupert Roopnaraine of the Working Peoples Alliance (WPA), Keith Scott for the National Front Alliance (NFA) and George Norton, who will be representing APNU’s shadow Cabinet.

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