Former APNU+AFC Member of Parliament Charandass Persaud has been confirmed as Guyana’s new High Commissioner to India. He is expected to take up the post soon.
It was Persaud’s “yes” vote for a no-confidence motion against his own government that led the APNU+AFC government to lose that no-confidence motion and months of Court battles over the motion.
Just after the vote, Persaud who is also a Canadian citizen, sought the protection of the Canadian Government and headed home to Canada where he remained until recently when the government changed following elections.
He has always defended his vote against the APNU+AFC government which many believe paved the way for its eventual ouster from office. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed his appointment as the new High Commissioner to India.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry has also confirmed that former President and former Prime Minister Samuel Hinds has been selected as Guyana’s new Ambassador to the United States.
Guyana has already forwarded its selection to the US Government and is now awaiting the US Government’s agreement for the appointment to move ahead.
Mr. Hinds who served briefly as President in 1997 following the death of Dr. Cheddi Jagan, served in all 23 years of the PPP Civic in Government.
He was Prime Minister from 1992 to 1997 then reappointed Prime Minister again in 1997. He stepped down from the position briefly in 1999 after Ms. Janet Jagan was preparing to resign as President.
During that brief period, the then Finance Minister Bharrat Jagdeo was appointed Prime Minister then later became President after Ms. Jagan resigned. Hinds was then reappointed as Prime Minister and remained in that post until 2015.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry is also replacing the Ambassador to China.
Former Deputy Ambassador to China, An-Yin Choo will be heading back to China as the new Ambassador. She is a career diplomat and her most recent posting was that of Guyana Consul General in Toronto, Canada.
News Source understands that the Government is currently making final arrangements for the appointment of other Heads of Missions abroad.