Former Natural Resources Minister opts for political sabbatical

Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Robert Persaud.

Former Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Robert Persaud. [iNews' Photo]
Former Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Robert Persaud. [iNews’ Photo]
[] – Former Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Robert Persaud has announced that that he will be taking a sabbatical from “front line politics” as he looks to serve Guyana at other levels.

Persaud was appointed as Minister of Natural Resources and Environment in 2011 just as the Ministry was established.

As the subject Minister, he had direct responsibility for the Guyana Forestry Commission, the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission, Protected Areas Commission, and the National Parks Commission.

A Facebook post by Persaud reads “On May 8, I thanked all those who worked and supported me throughout my tenure. To those whom I might have missed, here are my words of appreciation as I look forward to a sabbatical from front-line politics.”

This means that Persaud would have resigned from his Ministerial portfolio since before the May 11 General and Regional Elections.

In an attached letter, he made it clear that he was not saying good bye, but rather thanking those who worked with him for their work.

In another update, Persaud urged that Guyanese not give up the struggle but continue to work towards Nation building. He also signalled his support for a government of inclusionary democracy.

“Don’t give up the struggle! But let’s grasp the ‘extended hand of friendship’ as the Republic welcomes a new President. And we must work for a structurally-sound and genuine inclusive governance structure,” he said.

Persaud has also served as Agriculture Minister, People’s Progressive Party/Civic 2011 Campaign Manager and Press Liaison for the Office of the President.



  1. One thing is certain about this guy, the truth eludes him. All this talk about inclusionary democracy is just a smoke screen. What happen to that Curaco gold?

  2. Calls for inclusionary government from former PPP ministers seem so very hollow when one considers that this party had 23 years to accomplish this and did not. Forbes Burnham had this opportunity but choose to go with the UF instead. An opportunity lost. One wonders why now from the PPP? Is it because they have lost the confidence of the people? No doubt this approach should be considered down the road in relation to racial and national unity.


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