The clash for Leader of the Alliance For Change will come down to the two co-founders, Khemraj Ramjattan and Raphael Trotman.
The party’s Vice Chairman, Moses Nagamootoo has turned down the nomination to contest for the party’s leadership positions including Party Leader and Chairman.
His announcement came on Friday as party representatives prepared for their Saturday Congress on the West Demerara.
In a statement, Mr. Nagamootoo, who serves as Prime Minister in the coalition government, said he remains “fully involved in the AFC. I want to see the party grow and become stronger. I want the party to reform and broaden its structure to bring on board the young generation of fighters, the so-called “Second Eleven” as we gear for 2020.”
Nagamootoo said he believes it is time to make political space in party leadership for a new generation of leaders.
“I thank the party members who have nominated me but wish to assure them of my continued service. The AFC holds a strategic place in the governance of Guyana. It ought to be credited with making history when it sought a strategic parliamentary alliance with the APNU, tabled a motion of no-confidence in the then corrupt government, and brokered the APNU+AFC Coalition that won the 2015 elections. Our leaders deserve commendation for those heroic and strategic moves and for working every day to keep the Coalition Government stable and strong, and changing Guyana for the better.”
Mr. Nagamootoo said he will accept the nomination to serve on the party’s National Executive Committee.
The party congress will bring together delegates from across the country and it will mark the first time the congress is being held since the coalition government took office a year and a half ago.
The AFC is one of the main partners in the coalition.