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Feb 9, 2018

Guyana to Go Ahead with Nomination of Kenneth Benjamin Despite Opposition

Kenneth Benjamin

Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte has said that Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin has not indicated any plans of leaving Belize and his post. But Guyanese President David Granger still wants him as chancellor of the Guyanese judiciary and appears to be willing to go over the head of the Leader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo to do so. Guyanese news reports say that the appointments for Benjmain and Granger’s choice for Chief Justice will go through after legal advice. According to Minister of State Joseph Harmon, Guyana’s constitution provides for “meaningful consultation” between the top two politicians. Jagdeo later said he was willing to continue engaging the President to appoint persons as “substantive post-holders”. But he would not say why he did not support either appointment.

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