By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – General Secretary of the ruling Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) Clement Rohee has put to rest again speculations that Former President Bharrat Jagdeo is likely to run for a third term as president and that the Party is supportive of such a position.
When asked about the Party’s position in wake of recent articles in the local media, including the state run Guyana Chronicle that Jagdeo is the most favored candidate to lead the Party at the next elections, Rohee squashed those promulgations.
Rohee recalled the Former President himself stating that he was not interested in running for a third term, that the constitution does not provide for such a probability and that the Party will not move in a direction to craft legislation that will allow for such.
He said the PPP is behind its sitting leader, President Donald Ramotar and that there is no move at the Party level to undermine his presidency.
“We have always stood behind President Ramotar, he is doing a good job in terms of representing Guyana domestically and overseas and when the next elections comes the Party will decide then who will be the best presidential candidate,” Rohee told reporters on Monday, March 24.
When asked whether he is concerned that there may be individuals in the Party that are attempting to undermine the sitting president’s reign, Rohee said “people can say anything that’s ok … in relation to the state media that is a house keeping matter and we will deal with that.”
There was must hesitation on Rohee’s part to answer questions of this ilk but nonetheless he has ruled out the probability of Jagdeo running for a third term.
Jagdeo was Guyana’s Head of State during the Period August 1999 – December
2011. He became President after Janet Jagan resigned for health reasons. Subsequently he won two elections, in 2001 and 2006. He was the first President of Guyana to relinquish office in accordance with term limits he signed into the Guyanese Constitution.
Jagdeo now holds a number of global leadership positions in the areas of sustainable development, green growth and climate change.