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On Carnival day back in 2002, four inmates awaiting trial for various felony offenses broke out of a maximum-security prison in Guyana’s capital, formed a gang that traded deadly rifle fire with police, staged a serious of armed robberies and killed several people at the start of a murderous six-year period that ended in 2008
The 53-nation Commonwealth grouping of former British colonies this week threatened to sanction Guyana’s government for its suspension of the country’s parliament and for its refusal to hold local government elections.
Last week, the two opposition parties in Guyana’s Parliament announced plans to use their one-seat majority to vote for a no-confidence motion when Parliament returns from its annual break in October, to force the Indo-led People’s Progressive Party from office, citing runaway corruption and the alleged economic rape of the country as key reasons.
A number of Caribbean trade bloc nations have announced plans to begin talks with US financial officials in the coming months to negotiate an agreement with the US discouraging American citizens and residents from hiding millions of tax free dollars in accounts overseas.
For most of this year, the U.S. government has been toying with the idea of plowing money into nongovernmental civic organizations and political parties in Guyana to help them strengthen democracy at the local level largely because the system has gradually broken down over the years.
Despite the fact that it lost thousands of supporters at the November 2011 general elections and control of Parliament to the opposition, the government of President Donald Ramotar had continued operating in its usual political fashion, never compromising an inch, abusing opposing legislators and ignoring assembly decisions if it did not like them.