By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – A meeting of the Central Committee of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on November 14 saw the removal long time members, Robert Persaud and Omar Sharief from the Committee.
General Secretary of the Party, Clement Rohee told a press conference on Monday, November 16, 2015 that the Committee “unanimously” declared the seats vacant, owing to the non – attendance of the duo at meetings.
The members filling replacing them are Bibi Shafora Shadick, Majeed Hussain and Harrinarine Baldeo. Rohee further noted that the Central Committee reserved for consideration at a later date, the status of the seats of the Central Committee occupied by Hydar Ally, Chitrekha Das and Gurdat Shivperaud.
“Filling of two seats at the ExCo declared vacant long ago with the passing of Navin Chandarpal and non-attendance by Robert Persaud as well as a vacant seat on the Secretariat with the resignation of Hydar Ally will all be considered at a later date by the Central Committee,” Rohee said.
Persaud served in various positions under the former PPP government, once heading the Government Information Agency (GINA) before becoming Minister of Agriculture and subsequently Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment.
He was among the few former government ministers, including Nanda Gopaul and Carolyn Rodrigues, who acknowledged the victory of the APNU+AFC at the May 11 general and regional elections.
This has since led to differences with Persaud and others within the PPP camp and since their loss at the elections, Persaud withdrew himself from the political arena.
Meanwhile, Sharief has taken up a senior position at the Ministry of the Presidency under the APNU+AFC government.