Harmon appointed Director General of Ministry of the Presidency


Former Minister of State Joseph Harmon has been appointed as the Director-General of the Ministry of the Presidency –a position which did not previously exist.

The Department of Public Information in an article published on Tuesday night referred to him as Director General. There has been no formal announcement of the position.

Harmon has been engaged in government business since his resignation as a Parliamentarian, which resulted in him being unable to continue as a Minister.

“I did not choose to resign to avoid renunciation,” Harmon stated during a community meeting at the New Silver City Secondary School, Linden.

He told those gathered, according to the DPI, that he has begun the process of renouncing his citizenship to the United States.

“I have commenced the process of renunciation of US citizenship and therefore by the time we come around to the next elections, I will go back into the Parliament,” he affirmed.

Harmon further explained that the process of renouncing requires a certain number of applications and is done over a period of time.

It was noted that before the renunciation process is complete, MPs holding dual citizenships were required to resign their seats.

The Minister was among four Government parliamentarians who were required to resign after the Court ruled that dual citizens are illegal in parliament in accordance with the Constitution of Guyana.

The other Ministers who resigned are Dominic Gaskin, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine and Carl Greenidge.

The President has since appointed Ministers to fill the posts except that of Foreign Affairs.

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