The Director-General in the Ministry of the Presidency Joe Harmon today announced that he is no longer the holder of U.S citizenship and like other Guyanese nationals, will have to apply for a visa the next time he wants to travel to the U.S.
Mr. Harmon was among four Government Ministers who were forced to resign from Parliament and their Ministerial portfolio after the Court reaffirmed that it is illegal for the holder of dual citizenship to serve in the Guyana Parliament.
The Constitution has always been clear on the issue, but it was one that was ignored by all of the political parties in parliament as both sides had dual citizens serving as Members of the House.
Today, Mr. Harmon said he applied to relinquish his US citizenship and was informed in early October that the application had been approved.
“I am now GT to the bone”, he said at a mid-morning press conference.
With Harmon relinquishing his U.S citizenship, the way is now cleared for him to be a candidate on the coalition’s list for the 2nd March 2020 elections. He served as Minister of State before he was forced to resign from the position after the Court’s ruling.
He is the 2nd former Minister of Government to relinquish foreign citizenship. A few months ago, former Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge formally renounced his British citizenship. He has also indicated his readiness to serve as a candidate for the coalition at the upcoming elections.