United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called on the administration of President David Granger in Guyana to “respect the result of democratic elections and step aside.”
Speaking at the State Department in Washington on Wednesday, Pompeo said he was announcing visa restrictions on individuals responsible for or complicit in undermining democracy in Guyana.
“Immediate family members of such persons may also be subject to restrictions,” the US official asserted, without going into details regarding exactly who would be targetted.
In March this year, Pompeo had warned that there would be serious consequences for persons engaged in electoral fraud and seeking to establish an illegitimate government in Guyana.
There has been a continuing outcry over the ongoing delay in a declaration pertaining to snap elections in Guyana on March 2, 2020.
President Granger was forced to call the elections after his coalition government, which had a one seat majority, lost a vote of no confidence by a margin of 33–32 on 21 December 2018.
The declaration of the election results has been held up by, among other things, legal challenges.