Sunday 5 April, 2020

UK Foreign Secretary sends warning to Guyana's President

Dominic Raab-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. Photo: Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Dominic Raab-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. Photo: Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Any Government of Guyana that is sworn in using illegitimate results from the March 2 Regional and General Elections will not be recognised by the United Kingdom.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab gave the warning to Guyanese President David Granger on Tuesday, in a statement.

Raab said: “It’s been more than three weeks since Guyanese went to the polls to elect a new Government and a winner of the Regional and General Elections has not been confirmed.”

“The transition of government in Guyana should only take place in line with transparent and democratic principles that lead to credible results.”

“Any government sworn in on the basis of non-credible results will face strong international condemnation. If the situation continues to deteriorate, this international response will include a range of serious consequences for those concerned.”

He said the UK and its partners are ready to assist the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) with the verification process to ensure the outcome is democratic.

The elections results continue to be a subject of controversy with the latest being a court case filed by a member of the ruling coalition.

On March 17, the High Court granted Ulita Moore an injunction that set aside agreements between the President of Guyana and the Leader of the Opposition and the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to recount all the votes cast on Election Day.

The matter has been adjourned to Friday.

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