Guyana hit with US visa restrictions

President David Granger

A visa sanction has been placed on members of Guyana’s ruling government by the Trump administration, as they called for President David Granger to “step aside” to allow the country to begin its transition four months after its disputed March 2 elections.

Michael Pompeo U.S. Secretary of State during a morning press briefing said Granger government must respect the results of democratic elections and step aside.

Pompeo said the U.S. would be placing “visa restrictions on individuals responsible for or complicit in undermining democracy in Guyana.”

Granger and his A Partnership for National Unity coalition has been refusing to accept the findings of a 33-day recount performed by the Guyana Elections Commission and observed by the Caribbean Community, or CARICOM, found the opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) had won the vote.