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President Ramotar reaches out to the opposition in his Independence Day address – 28th May 2013

President Donald Ramator used the independence celebrations platform to send a strong message to his political foes.

The President urged his political counterparts to look pass their differences and assist in the development of the country.

His message of unity cameshot0007 against the backdrop of a standoff between the Government and the majority opposition, over passage of a number of critical pieces of legislation.

The Head of State was at the time, speaking during the 47th Independence celebrations at the National Park.

The President also acknowledged that in any society there will be differences of opinions and approaches to various issues.

However, this must not be done to the detriment of the society.

Regarding the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (Amendment) Bill, which the Opposition is refusing to speed through the National Assembly before a deadline which expired yesterday, the President warned that Guyana should not lose its good standing in several regional and international bodies and therefore be listed as a non-cooperative jurisdiction.

Failure to pass the legislation could see financial sanctions on Guyana. The Opposition AFC and APNU have accused the Government of waiting too long to bring the Bill, which allows for better tracking of illegal proceeds from drugs and also allows for stiffer penalties.

During the President’s 40-minute speech, which was punctuated by several heckles from the crowd, President Ramotar also made references to investments in the social sectors, particularly health and education, and other infrastructural development projects.

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