APNU, coalition of Guyanese opposition parties, promises ‘new politics’

APNU is expected to contest the general and presidential elections scheduled for later this year.

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – The opposition coalition, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), was officially launched here on Friday night with a promise of “new politics” in Guyana.

APNU, which also includes the main opposition People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), is expected to contest the general and presidential elections scheduled for later this year.

Co-leader of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine said that APNU was not “dreamed up” by politicians sitting at a table but had been fermenting since at least 2002.

“In the months to come our partnership must make room for women across race and across class. Young people, make the partnership your home; the future of Guyana cannot be built without taking into account your ideas of what has gone wrong and how it can be put right,” he told the ceremony.

“APNU when elected with a majority of your votes will immediately move to establish a government of national unity. APNU will invite the other parties which have won a sufficiency of votes from the electorate to participate proportionately in the government at the national and regional levels.

“We are sounding the death knell of winner-take-all politics; never again must 51 percent behave like 100 percent and 49 percent be treated as zero, never again must our election be felt as a victory of one race over the other,” Roopnaraine said.

The APNU said it will hold several regional launches to outline its policies to the electorate and its presidential candidate David Granger told the ceremony that the coalition grouping would seek to introduce a new system of politics in the country and blamed the ruling People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) for dividing the population in this Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country.

“That system has now become dangerously dysfunctional; our society under the PPP’s 19-year one party regime has become more deeply divided than it has ever been at any time over the last 100 years. The tide of ideas in Guyanese politics has turned, today 15th July marks the birthday of the new politics,” said Granger.

Granger, 66, said that the coalition would seek to end the ““PPP’s experiment with playing power” and that an APNU administration would seek to strengthen the economy by seeking investment, a vibrant manufacturing sector and stable industries.

“Economic transformation will come only from a dynamic economy based on a new social contract, a contract which represents a partnership between employer and employee, a contract between capital and labour and between the public and private sector.

“Our watchwords will be cooperation, collaboration and concord, our vision is rooted in the understanding that the individual citizen performs best in strong and safe community of people who share common values,” said Granger, who criticised the ruling party’s position that electing Donald Ramotar would be a continuation of the good performance of the PPPC in office over the past two decades.

“Continuity of what; continuity of corruption, continuity of crime, continuity of cronyism? Our partnership is a living movement not a monument, our partnership represents change and for our young people, a good life,” he said.

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