GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – A new political party, promising campaign financing legislation, was launched in Guyana as the country prepares to hold fresh regional and general election on March 2 next year.The Citizenship Initiative (CI), which has also indicated that it has no intention of joining with either the People’s National Congress (PNC), which is part of the ruling coalition administration and the main opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C), said it intends to change the way issues related to politics are addressed in Guyana.“Our key platform has to do with leverage in parliament. Now to answer the question of coalition, let me say very explicitly now: Our message is that this adversarial politics by the two giants continues to be the primary burden for the development of Guyana.“Coalition is not an option…You can’t say that you have goals that you want to attain, you change the status quo and then join the status quo,” said the party’s executive member, Ruel Johnson.Apart from Johnson, who is the government’s cultural advisor, the other founding members are web developer Shaz Ally, the managing director of a private school, Alphonso de Armas, educator Ronda Ann Lam and business executive, Yonnick David.Ally said Guyana has been looking to find its way since it gained independence in 1966 but has instead found itself marred by ethnic divisions, limited opportunities and questionable leadership since independence.He said Guyana has put power in the arms of two major political parties who have been in control for over fifty years while many of the country’s struggles and problems remain.He said the new party is focused on chartering a better course for all of Guyana and its members would be representative of the entire society.Johnson said Citizenship Initiative, whose symbol is a scale balancing two water lilies, will contest the upcoming elections and if successful, would be pushing for constitutional reform as a priority.He said the party is also focused now on naming Presidential and Prime Ministerial candidates and will address that issue as it rolls out its plans and programmes.President David Granger named the election date after Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo was successful in tabling a motion of no confidence in his coalition administration last December.The PPP had been pushing for an early poll, but the head of state said he would have only announced the date when the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM0 had indicated to him that it was prepared to conduct the elections.
The United Nation’s World Food Program says a convoy that was to deliver food stuff to Burundi has returned to Rwanda after it was denied entry into the country where about 112,000 people would have benefited.Peter Smerdon, a WFP official in East Africa, on Wednesday said that Burundian authorities had prevented the convoy from entering the country because of “security issues.”Smerdon said the food was regular shipment of WFP aid from Rwanda into Burundi.WFP reports that more than half of Burundi’s population is chronically malnourished due to the violence in the country.Burundi has been dogged by political violence since April 2015 when President Pierre Nkurunziza declared his bid for a controversial third term in office, one that he went on to win in the July poll.Rwanda and Burundi have seen a rise in tensions, with Burundi’s government claiming that rebel forces have been trained and armed in Rwanda, with a mission of toppling it. Rwanda however denies the allegations.
3 3 Henrikh Mkhitaryan: The Armenian international celebrates after opening the scoring 3 After Tottenham’s better start, Mkhitaryan nearly added to Thursday’s Europa League strike at the other end, but his goal-bound shot was vitally blocked by Jan Vertonghen.The Armenia international was on the score sheet six minutes later, putting the hosts ahead on 29 minutes with a powerful strike high into the goal past Lloris.Heung-min Son tested David De Gea before the break with a fizzing 25-yard shot, the Spanish goalkeeper tipping over his bar.Manchester United were quickest out of the blocks in the second half, but the best chance fell to Spurs’ summer signing Victor Wanyama. Eriksen’s left-wing cross was floated in and the Kenyan midfielder was unmarked, but his free header was somehow sent wide of the target.Pogba came close shortly after the hour mark when he was fouled by Mousa Dembele 25 yards from goal. The confident midfielder stepped up to take the resulting set piece, curling a fine free-kick against the woodwork.He had another great chance minutes later when a United counter attack saw Mkhitaryan cross to Pogba, who volleyed into the ground and Lloris made another fine save to keep his side in the contest.The visitors looked to exploit the Red Devils’ weak link in Matteo Darmian, playing left-back. Pochettino identified this by asking Kyle Walker to stay deep, allowing the Spurs attack to isolate the Italian defender and that is something substitute Moussa Sissoko was doing time and time again.Mourinho saw the pattern of play and ordered under-fire Marouane Fellaini to warm up – and the Belgian was given a frosty reception from the Old Trafford crowd.More worryingly, star man Mkhitaryan broke into the Spurs half in the closing stages of the game and a challenge by Rose saw the former Borussia Dortmund attacker land awkwardly, requiring a stretcher to leave the field.After a tense final few minutes with Tottenham camped in United’s half, Mourinho’s men hung on for a vital three points. Henrikh Mkhitaryan opened his Premier League account as Manchester United beat Tottenham 1-0 – LIVE on talkSPORT.Jose Mourinho’s side ended a winless run at Old Trafford that stretches back to September 24 – and the Armenian was the star man. He added to his Europa League strike v Zorya Luhansk in midweek with a fine finish shortly before the half hour, justifying his selection after a difficult few months since joining from Borussia Dortmund.Paul Pogba twice went close in the second half, first hitting the crossbar with a well-taken free-kick before seeing compatriot Hugo Lloris save his close-range effort. More worrying scenes for United fans will be the sight of Mkhitaryan being stretchered off the field in the closing stages of the game, after a challenge from Danny Rose.But Mourinho will be pleased his side could see out the victory over a rival team in terms of the league, after arriving back from their midweek clash in Ukraine in the early hours of Friday morning.This was a thoroughly entertaining encounter, ebbing and flowing from the outset as both defended resolutely, pressed smartly and eked out the odd opportunity. World-record purchase Pogba nearly opened the scoring inside 90 seconds with the first clear-cut chance, when Zlatan Ibrahimovic squared the ball across the box and the Frenchman’s controlled effort was well saved by Lloris.The hosts were conceding cheap free-kicks in their own half around the 15-minute mark and they were nearly punished by Christian Eriksen. The Dane’s resulting set piece was low and powerful and David De Gea had to dive across his goal to get a strong hand to the ball.