Former Speaker of the National Assembly, Ralph Ramkarran will be running for President in the 2020 General and Regional Elections after being elected to do so by his party, A New and United Guyana (ANUG).
In a statement to the press today, ANUG noted that Ramkarran, an Attorney-at-Law and Senior Counsel is a well-known and prominent political personality of vast experience, who has devoted his entire adult life to the political development of Guyana through the Peoples’ Progressive Party. In fact, ANUG reminded that the 73-year-old was a member of the PPP’s Central Committee and Executive Committee in 1974 and 1975 respectively. The new political party said, however, that Ramkarran had resigned from the PPP in June 2012 when it was made impossible for him to continue his membership after he wrote an article in the PPP’s newspaper, Mirror, calling for steps to be taken to reduce the “Pervasive Corruption” in Guyana.
Further, ANUG recalled that Ramkarran has served as a member of the Elections Commission in 1973, 1992, 1997 and 2001 elections, a Member of Parliament from 1997 to 2001, as Chair of the Constitution Reform Commission from 1999-2000, and as Speaker of the National Assembly from 2001 to 2012.
In addition to this, ANUG said that Ramkarran’s political activity over the recent decades has required him to collaborate with widely varying political forces to find solutions to the most complex issues dividing political parties. These include the resolution of disputes over the conduct of elections, the complex divergences in constitutional reform or negotiating disagreements and disputes as Speaker.
For the above reasons, ANUG said it strongly believes that Ramkarran is the best qualified person to be ANUG’s Presidential Candidate and to lead Guyana into the new era of constructing an agreed governance system that serves the citizenry.