GEORGETOWN, Guyana, May 19, 2020 — President, David Granger, reasoned, during an interview on the radio program, Straight Up, last night, that there first needs to be evidence of wrongdoing, before sanctions can be imposed.
The Head of State said the ruling coalition government — A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance for Change (AFC) — has “nothing to hide”, and urged listeners to wait until the recount process is completed, before making judgements.
“My government has done nothing wrong, and I do not think those sanctions could be justified, if it is shown that my government has behaved, legally, and the elections process was a legitimate one and that it satisfies international standards,” the President remarked.
He further expressed concern of the international community imposing sanctions; stating it was not something he wants to be inflicted on the people of Guyana.
“When you consider, what is likely to happen to the Guyana economy were any form of sanctions to be applied, it could be extremely damaging, for a very long time,” Granger said, emphasising the need for evidence of misconduct, and highlighting the reason for the national recount.
“The question of sanctions could only be applied, if there is any evidence or proof of wrongdoing; and the reason, why we’re in the present situation of having a recount is, to assure our own people and the international community that the government has behaved properly,” he explained.