Caribbean Report 10-08-1999



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with anchor Debbie Ransome (00:00 - 00:28)
2. New Zealand Foreign Minister Don McKinnon is one of the main contenders for the Commonwealth Secretary General post. In an exclusive interview with BBC Caribbean McKinnon shares his views on the role of Caribbean countries within the Commonwealth and his plan to visit Caribbean countries and meet with diplomats and government to share his political and economic perspectives on the future of the region (00:29 – 03:12)
3. Guyana main opposition party People’s National Congress is considering legal action to block the ruling party’s efforts to appoint former finance Minister Bharrat Jagdeo as the country new President to replace ailing Janet Jagan. Opposition Leader Desmond Hoyte comments on the legality of the appointment within the parameters of the constitution. Donald Ramotar General Secretary of the ruling People’s Progressive Party reiterates the validity of the national elections results and defends his party latest move to appoint Jagdeo. General Secretary of the Working People’s Alliance also weighs in on the appointment of a successor not in keeping with constitution. Asgar Ali former Finance Minister casts doubts in his assessment of Jagdeo’s suitability for the post. Colin Smith reports from Guyana. Orin Gordon provides a profile analysis on Jagdeo (03:13 – 11: 43)
4. Anguilla opposition leaders continue their campaign against Chief Minister Hubert Hughes minority government by boycotting the sitting of the island’s parliament. Following the resignation of Finance Minister Victor Banks from his post on May 21st the government has held a minority of three elected seats in the assembly . The opposition has vowed to stay away from the legislature until a majority government has been elected in Anguilla. Island-wide demonstrations are being planned by opposition parties and concerned citizens. Wakefield Richardson reports (11:44 – 13:28)
5. On August 11th the northern hemisphere will be plunged into darkness during the final solar eclipse of the century. Jessica Robertson reports from Bahamas (13:29 – 15:27)