By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Discussions have commenced at the level of the Central Executive Committee of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) as it relates to choosing a Presidential Candidate for the Party.
General Secretary of the PPP, Clement Rohee told a news conference today, Monday, November 24 that specific names were not discussed but the only candidate at this time is current President, Donald Ramotar.
Ramotar has already expressed confidence that he will be the next Candidate to lead the Party, which hopes to regain its majority in Parliament. The combined Opposition gained control of the 65 seat National Assembly for the first time at the November 2011 General and Regional Elections, making the PPP a minority government.
In this regard, the General Secretary noted that he visited a number of areas within the last few months where he said a number of Guyanese people exude a “high degree of confidence and optimism that we need to get over this parliamentary impasse and their view with respect to the way forward…is to go straight to elections.”
According to Rohee, the people regret not voting for the PPP at the last general and regional elections.
“They go even further to say that in their view that the PPP could not only be reelected to office but they are prepared to work hard in order for the Party to regain its majority in the national assembly.
“When you go into certain areas where we lost some votes and you speak to the people who had migrated over to the AFC, those people regret every moment they did what they did and have reassured us that this time around they will vote for the PPP, because the AFC hasn’t brought them anything; they had promised sugar workers 20 percent increase, nothing of that sort has happened,” Rohee told Reporters.
According to Rohee, the people will not continue to place their hopes in the AFC.
“So as far as they are concerned, their best bet is to vote for the PPP… We don’t believe in punishment politics; when we do a project it doesn’t stop…People have seen the light. I can see clearly now…things are improving for us,” Rohee said.