By unanimous approval of the Alliance For Change National Conference the party appointed Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo to a newly created position of Elder Statesman/Political Advisor. The position has no term limit and Mr. Nagamootoo will serve on the party’s Management Committee as a full voting member.
Mr. Nagamootoo had been nominated to contest the positions of Leader, Chairman and Vice Chairman but withdrew his candidacy on the eve of the elections citing the need to “make space in the party leadership for a new generation of leaders”.
Mr. Nagamootoo did however contest for a position on the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) and received resounding support, coming in second with 104 votes among the 12 elected members of the NEC.
Mr. Nagamootoo’s political career spans more than 50 years during which time he served in the People’s Progressive Party under former President Dr. Cheddi Jagan and held several ministerial portfolios. He joined the AFC in 2011 and in 2015 was elected Prime Minister under the APNU+AFC Coalition.
He is the pre-eminent elder politician in active politics in Guyana today and is widely loved, admired and respected in Guyana, the Caribbean and further afield. He is an attorney-at-law and a former teacher and journalist and has authored multiple publications including the novel Hendree’s Cure and his most recent release, Fragments from Memory.
Mr. Nagamootoo was the AFC’s incumbent Vice Chairman but did not seek re-election. He took over the Vice Chairmanship of the party in 2011 following the passing of Co-Founder Leader Sheila Holder and also served as Acting Chairman since April 2016 when then substantive Chairman Nigel Hughes resigned.
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