[www.inewsguyana.com] – The People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) has made it known to the Carter Centre observation team that it will not be forced into any power sharing arrangement as a result of post elections violence or unrest.
This issue was raised on Sunday, May 10 during a meeting between PPP/C Presidential Candidate, Donald Ramotar, former President Bharrat Jagdeo and Former US President, Jimmy Carter shortly before he departed Guyana for Atlanta, citing health concerns.
A source familiar with the meeting told iNews that the PPP/C made it clear that it will not be “trapped” into an arrangement like the Herdmanston Accord which was established in January 1998 after the 1997 general and regional elections sparked off numerous demonstrations which degenerated into violence and civil disturbance.
In the wake of the violence on the streets of Georgetown, CARICOM dispatched a Goodwill Mission to Guyana in January 1998. On January 17, 1998, the CARICOM Mission brokered an agreement between the PPP/C and the PNC through the signing of the Herdmanston Accord by then President Janet Jagan and then Leader of the PNC, Desmond Hoyte which brought peace to the country.
By this accord, the Parties committed themselves to political dialogue, an external audit of the election results and constitutional reform. The purpose of the accord was to reduce conflict and bring about a level of normality. As a consequence the PPP/C government agreed to prematurely end its term in office on January 17, 2001.