Granger prom­ises press con­fer­ence

Weekend Mirror - - EDITORIAL -

Pres­i­dent David Granger has promised to hold a press con­fer­ence some­time next month when jour­nal­ists will be able to ques­tion him about a large num­ber of is­sues re­lat­ing to gov­ern­ment’s plans and poli­cies that need clar­i­fi­ca­tions.

The Pres­i­dent has been se­verely crit­i­cized for not hold­ing press con­fer­ences for more than a year and before then he did so spar­ingly leav­ing the pub­lic guess­ing as to rea­sons for the ac­tions of the Many ques­tions have been posed by the Par­lia­men­tary Op­po­si­tion on im- por­tant na­tional is­sues but there have been no re­sponses from the Pres­i­dent.

Re­cently, Op­po­si­tion Leader, Bharat Jagdeo, has de­clared that “It is time” that the Pres­i­dent, David Granger come out of hid­ing and ad­dress the me­dia fra­ter­nity in the form of regular press con­fer­ences.

“It is time that the Pres­i­dent holds a press con­fer­ence so that a lot of these mat­ters he can give clar­ity. Since we’re the ‘doom ped­dling peo­ple’ he could bring hope to the coun­try,” Jagdeo said.

Since tak­ing of­fice, the APNU/AFC coali­tion gov­ern­ment has been ac­cused of cor­rup­tion, dis­crim­i­na­tion, lack of vi­sion, and has been rocked by dozens of scan­dals in­volv­ing Min­is­ters and other top of­fi­cials.

The Pres­i­dent has largely re­mained mum of these is­sues and the pub­lic has been treated with con­tra­dic­tory ex­pla­na­tions from Min­is­ters on these is­sues.

The Pres­i­dent has opted to air his views on a spe­cial pro­gramme with hand picked re­porters from time to time.

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