U.S. says Guyana’s non-democratic trajectory is dangerous for Guyanese, western hemisphere


See below full statement issued by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State:

On March 2 the Co-Operative Republic of Guyana held national elections, but it has still not declared a winner.  All international observers of the vote count agreed that the manner in which votes were tabulated departed from established procedures.  They unanimously agreed that a result based on these procedures would not be credible.

The Organization of American States and Caribbean Community concluded that the recount of votes, which concluded on June 7 and showed a victory for the opposition, reflected the will of the Guyanese people.  Unfortunately, Guyana’s leaders have refused to accept this result.

Today, I am announcing visa restrictions on individuals who have been responsible for, or complicit in, undermining democracy in Guyana.  Immediate family members of such persons may also be subject to these restrictions.

In my public statements since the election I have been very clear that the United States stands with the Guyanese people and that there would be consequences for individuals who seek to undermine democracy.

The events following the March 2 elections indicate that there are forces that have repeatedly refused to accept the will of the people at the ballot box.  Guyana’s non-democratic trajectory is dangerous for its citizens and for the hemisphere as a whole.  I hope that Guyana’s leaders understand what is at stake if they continue down this path.

This action is not about interference.  It is to send a clear message of the consequences of subverting democracy and the rule of law, which poses a danger to us and our hemispheric partners.

We have long said that we have no preference for a winning party, as long as it is selected through a free and fair electoral process that is credible.

  1. Matthew says

    It IS dangerous…..Venezuela is a good example. Refugees and starvation. The world is one and while the rigging crew is calling foul, it is nonsense, they had 5 years to ensure their house was in order and they put all their energies into a rig that failed.

  2. Frank Sauer says

    This is LONG, LONG OVERDUE. I support the actions by the ABC countries on visa restrictions and other sanctions being imposed. I believe sanctions should follow from the EU, CARICOM, the United Nations, the OAS, and others who have witnessed a travesty against the good will of people and Democracy in Guyana. Time for certain individuals within the APNU+AFC to be held accountable for their lying, cheating, and fraudulent tactical moves with strategic motives to delay the will of the people indefinitely. As they say, “what goes around, comes around.”

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