‘The Jagdeo/Ali Regime should not be invited to democracy summits’-Experts argue

Local foreign policy experts have opined that the Biden Regime has erred by inviting the Jagdeo/Ali regime to the Summit of the Americas 2022 slated to be held in Los Angeles from June 6-10. The Summits of the Americas are institutionalized gatherings of the heads of state and government of the Western Hemisphere where leaders discuss common policy issues, affirm shared values, and commit to concerted actions at the national and regional level to address continuing and new challenges faced in the Americas.

Insofar as the main theme of the summit is about upholding and promoting democracy, the Jagdeo-Ali regime has no business at this forum. This is the view of those who observe Guyana’s foreign relations. They have posited that since August 2, 2020, the regime has trampled on democracy and has extensively crippled the guardrails of democracy in Guyana.

The experts have submitted that their installation signaled the dashing and smashing of the will of the people. They proceeded to stack every institution with political lackeys. They have sought to control the elections machinery. They have not held Local Government Elections. They have arrested political opponents. They have strangled local democracy where they have no control. In the view of some local observers, all these actions, by any estimation, are at variance with the essence of democracy.

Those who are familiar with the ongoing, have pointed to the decision not to invite Cuba and Nicaragua. They have told this publication that if the Ortega regime cannot be in Los Angeles based on their disregard for democracy, it is a joke to ask for the presence of the Jagdeo/Ali regime. They have noted the similarities between the Ortega regime and the Jagdeo/Ali regime.

Ortega has jailed his opponents, he has allowed extrajudicial killings, all independent institutions have been compromised and repression and abuse are everywhere in Nicaragua. Experts have told this publication that what is happening in Nicaragua is almost mirror-like circumstances of what obtains in Guyana. As a result, they are revolted by the idea of the Jagdeo/Ali regime being embraced at a forum for democracy.

In our usual fact-finding style, we have sought to match the opinion expressed above with the facts. Human Rights Watch has documented wanton abuses by the Ortega regime and the several US reports on democracy, have flagged the leadership style of the Jagdeo/Ali regime.

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