No Power Struggle in The Alliance for Change
The Alliance for Change (AFC) is convinced that there is no problem or issue with regard to party leadership and believes that the ruling party may have started a campaign to cause friction within the AFC. A senior member of the party today said the party intends to move ahead as it prepares for the upcoming elections in 2011.
There were some concerns by some AFC members that the party may not be sticking to the script with its rotation of leadership policy. That’s not the case according to the AFC which held a special meeting over the weekend to look at a number of issues including the party’s leadership. The party at its next delegates’ conference will decide on who will lead the party into the next general elections.
Current Party leader Raphael Trotman was the party’s presidential candidate at the last elections back in 2006 and it is expected that the party’s chairman Khemraj Ramjattan will assume the leadership position and be the party’s presidential candidate. But that all could change as the delegates decide who will lead the party into the 2011 poles. Some party members are of the view that Trotman should be the one. And the results of a recent poll on the political situation in Guyana rates Trotman very high in popularity placing second to President Jagdeo. Many in the political circle believe that the poll results may bolster the case of Trotman’s supporters.
Meanwhile, new reports this evening indicate that the AFC is seriously considering forming a coalition with other opposition parties in an effort to get the PPP out of government. Capitol News was told by a senior official of the party that the party cannot ignore the reality which surrounds it. And while many supporters believe a coalition with the PNC is workable, some others have a different take and may be pushing for a coalition with the ruling party. That may be out of the question the official said.
As the party’s gear up for elections 2011, the PPP and the PNC are still to decide on who will lead them into the elections. President Jagdeo is constitutionally banned from seeking a third term and the opposition leader Robert Corbin has indicated that he has no interest in running for president.
Both major parties have been relatively quiet on their short lists for presidential candidates and just who may be leading the pack.