Monday, January 16, 2006

Will Elections = Peace?


A prayer for peace

Peace in Guyana, peace for the 2006 general elections and peace for the world at large were the calls of the Guyana Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO) today as the organisation joined by civil society and the diplomatic community hosted a grand peace march in the City. Guyana for the past two elections has been plagued with post-elections violence spurred by political parties in many cases.
The march began at the Botanical Gardens and proceeded through Vlissengen Road, to North Road and ended in the vicinity of the St. George’s Cathedral.
Joining the march was Head of State President Bharrat Jagdeo.
“I think it is an excellent initiative. I think if more Guyanese were to come out and stand up and let their views be heard. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy; we are going to have peace not just this year, but forever in this country. I am happy with the initiative and I want to thank and commend all those who organised it,’ the President said in an invited comment.
Co-Chair of the IRO Bishop Juan Edghill described the exercise as a peaceful and prophetic march that was intended for World day of Religion, observed yesterday. The Bishop expressed gratitude to those who participated, including the Head of State and the Canadian and British High Commissioners and the American Ambassador.

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