Trotman in support of a ‘grand’ coalition government



By Fareeza Haniff

From L - R: APNU Leader, David Granger; Leader of the AFC, Khemraj Ramjattan and President Donald Ramotar.
From L – R: APNU Leader, David Granger; Leader of the AFC, Khemraj Ramjattan and President Donald Ramotar.

[] – Speaker of the National Assembly, Raphael Trotman is in support of Guyana having a coalition government, however he is a bit queasy when it comes to the issue of the Alliance For Change (AFC) forming a coalition Party with A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).

During his appearance on the radio programme ‘Hard Talk’ aired on Sunday, November 30 on 90.1 Love FM, Trotman, who is also an Executive Member of the AFC, said an APNU/AFC coalition is something that should be determined by the Guyanese people.

“I think it is something that should be tested by the people. Let the people determine,” he said, while noting that the hindrance to forming such a coalition has to do with “old fears, old prejudices.”

“I think what Guyana needs quite frankly is a grand coalition and that could include members of the PPP,” the House Speaker opined, while pointing out that the current prorogation of Parliament presents the opportunity for everyone to start anew.

“The opportunity presents itself, having pressed the pause button, for us to wipe the slate clean…come back with a new agenda…drawn from the manifestos from the Parties,” Trotman said.

He reiterated that the time is now for a larger conversation of a national unity government but one where members must have a strong sense of nationhood and mutual respect for each other.

As of recent, there were talks of the AFC merging with the APNU, an idea which Opposition Leader Granger welcomes, but one which AFC Leader, Khemraj Ramjattan is reluctant to consider.

Speaker of the National Assembly, Raphael Trotman. [iNews' Photo]
Speaker of the National Assembly, Raphael Trotman. [iNews’ Photo]
Ramjattan’s reluctance became more obvious when he and AFC Executive Member, Moses Nagamootoo stayed away from the rally organized by A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and which was attended by AFC members at the Square of the Revolution on November 14.

In defending his reluctance, Ramjattan had said the biggest blunder the APNU and AFC can make at this point, in their individual objective to displace the PPP, is to merge.

“Apart from the huge challenges and dilemmas which will have to be confronted and surmounted in relation to a host of administrative issues, the serious error behind such a merger will be the dissolution of the AFC in the eyes of non-supporters of APNU, largely East Indians but not exclusively them.”


  1. Gray i don’t know what race u are and i really don’t care.but they are Stupid and ignorant people in this world and my friend u are one. There is So much hate in u i thought u was the Devil. Talk all the foolishness. And just Spread your hate on to OtOthers. But its not going to work. Because The Guyanese people is just tired of your kind. And had enough of hate thats not takeing them anywhere or putting food on their table. But before i go i think u Should ask for forgiveness and Repent and try God….

  2. @gray u sound very stupid wit ur racial comments. As citizens of Guyana we need to stop placing our votes because of who is black and who is coolie n start demanding policies that would benefit us. I wonder if the girl the attorney general was tryin to get her number for his uncle to f**k was ur sis if u would still b supportin the ppp cause they r backin him 100%

  3. “old fears, old prejudices.” nice words…the people will never forget what pnc did to them..the atrocities pnc committed on them..and better yet they are the same PNC players so the people will never expect a different result..
    granger- ballot box…carl greendige–food banned…hammie green well he is a totally different animla all together..its the same pnc relics all over this is not old fears and old prejudices….its the guyanese were eating from garbage heap at bourda market..they were sporting their berry berry…others woul look real nice with their puff out malnourished guts and white yaaz mouths while in guylines for everything they want..andrew the balck burnham crabdog horse shit eater want people to forget those days so this is why he cussing out collie.

  4. ‘Ramjattan had said the biggest blunder the APNU and AFC can make at this point, in their individual objective to displace the PPP, is to merge.’

    Mr Ramjattan is not a genious to assume this outcome.
    He knows that Indian people are scared of people of African descent.
    If he joined APNU, his Indian gullibles will flee like rats on sight of an approaching cat. He is presently in bed with APNU, the damage may already been done.

    People can only be fooled some of the time.
    Once bitten, twice shy!

  5. That’s not a stable statement. If he supports a collation then that means he automatically support the APNU and PPP. That is only theory, practically only PPP display their commitment for a collation. A good example is the recent prorogation, where the PPP tried to have dialogue with the combine opposition and the opposition refusing.


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