“I am hoping that when the time is right liberal democrats everywhere would support an international inquiry into foreign interference in Guyana’s 2020 elections, and the attempt at regime change of a friendly government,” said Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo in his latest column ‘My Turn’.
He pointed out that it is interesting to note the number of times American Deputy Secretary of State has intervened to issue threats against Guyana, even as the United States is battling its owns challenges to combat COVID-19, as all other countries are doing. But despite this, Nagamootoo noted that the urgency of the Guyana mission appears to take precedence.
The Prime Minister wrote, “In 1995 while attending an IDB-World Bank environmental conference in Florida, I met Dean Rusk, a former American Secretary of State, who had reportedly played an infamous role in the earlier destabilisation of a legally elected government in the then British Guiana. Smiling as we shook hands, he appeared relieved that Cheddi Jagan was returned to office, and that the mischief of the past had been undone.”
He continued, “Today, I can hear again the chant, “cheated not defeated,” which is mis-directed not at the foreign electoral engineers and their local lackeys who attempted to dislodge a democratically elected government, but against the constitutional agencies that are standing firmly in defence of Guyana’s sovereignty.”
But, not a military or economic power, Guyana has responded with patriotism and dignity to the international threats, the Prime Minister further said. As a matter of fact, he reminded that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has insisted that Guyana is a sovereign State that upholds and respects the Rule of Law.
Elections in Guyana are governed by the Constitution; the government does not run elections, which is the remit of a constitutional body, Nagamootoo added. He sought to further remind that the final tabulation of results of the elections has been delayed not by government but by legal processes that are engaging the attention of the courts.
“This is how a democracy works, or ought to work,” Nagamootoo stressed. But, he said there is impatience at the legal processes, and it is giving way to threats of sanctions and an undeclared war of terror. According to him, the PPP, once the victim of foreign intervention, has become the Trojan Horse of erstwhile geo-strategic interests.
He wrote that the PPP’s pseudo leaders are gleefully inviting more foreign interference in the electoral process.
“They [the PPP] have earlier contracted a controversial foreign U.S.-based company to set its agenda, and they have since joined the wolf-pack of anti-nationalist elements who want sanctions against Guyana,” the Prime Minister concluded.