As the coalition partners, the APNU and the AFC restart their negotiations of the Cummingsburg Accord, President David Granger today assured that the two sides will head into the March 2020 elections as one.
During an interview on Kaieteur Radio, President Granger expressed confidence that the coalition will remain intact for the upcoming elections.
“The coalition is greater than the sum of its parties. It’s not just six parties, we have a political mechanism which has given the people of Guyana hope that we are getting away from one-party politics”, the President said.
He told Kaieteur Radio announcer and senior journalist Leonard Gildharie that whatever issues may pop up during the renegotiation of the Cummingsburg Accord will be overcome.
The Cummingsburg Accord is the agreement that formed the APNU+AFC coalition.
On Thursday, the President who is the Leader of the PNC and the APNU, said he met and held discussions with the AFC Leader, Khemraj Ramjattan and issues regarding the Prime Ministerial Candidate position were raised. He said he was able to quell the fears of the AFC Leader.
According to the President, “the coalition as a whole will address those issues and he has made certain proposals and I have given certain undertakings and we expect within another couple of days, our partners which have to examine those proposals will come to some conclusion”.
The Alliance For Change has been pushing for its Leader, Khemraj Ramjattan to be the coalition’s Prime Ministerial Candidate. The President has insisted that the policies and programmes for the coalition take centre stage before they start to examine issues of personalities.
The President also dismissed the possibility of the APNU going it alone into the next elections, pointing out that “even if it was possible, it is not desirable”.
He said “I believe in the big benab and I want to see parties bringing different constituencies into the coalition”.
The negotiating sides for the APNU and AFC are expected to meet this weekend to restart their negotiations of the Cummingsburg Accord.