By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – A pre – election coalition with the Alliance For Change (AFC) is not idea that the ruling People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has ever entertained, according to General Secretary Clement Rohee.
He told a news conference on Monday, January 26 that the idea is one which the leadership of the PPP will have to discuss
“We have never entertained such a thought,” Rohee said in response to a question.
He instead spoke of the pending coalition with A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the AFC, commenting on which Party will grab the leadership posts.
“The AFC seems determined to have its way in having the number one spot in the presidential race even though it is by far the junior parties in terms of membership and influence,” Rohee said in a prepared statement.
Rohee believes that the PNC is in a serious dilemma on how to treat with the demands made by the AFC.
“Indeed, it certainly would have a lot of explaining of its sell out position to its membership and why it allowed itself to be manipulated by the AFC into selling out its interest to the AFC.”
Rohee opined that the AFC would not escape the wrath of its membership and supporters for reneging on an earlier commitment that it will never enter into any electoral alliance with the PNC.
“This about face can only be seen as a betrayal of its membership and a grand sell out on the altar of political opportunism.”
He noted that Guyana does not have a good history when it comes to coalition politics.
Leader of APNU, David Granger recently noted that a seven member team has been appointed by the APNU to lead the coalition talks. He said APNU Member and Parliamentarian, Carl Greenidge is the “chief negotiator.”
“The APNU has empowered its negotiating team to explore all the possibilities that could lead to a pre-election coalition,” Granger explained.
He admitted that the leadership posts discussion has not yet arisen,” but that it is “possible that whatever is raised in the negotiations will be open to the two sides and a determination will be made.”
The talks are expected to conclude within four weeks.