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AFC shafted again, to miss own deadline for Cummingsburg Accord Review

Despite significant efforts to gain bargaining power after three years of marriage with the Peoples National Congress (PNC) – led A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), the Alliance For Change (AFC) will once again not be getting what it wants in the governing partnership.

February 14, 2018, (Wednesday) marks three years of the APNU and AFC forming a union through the signing of the Cummingsburg Accord but the AFC itself has admitted that it has been shafted as it did not get all that it agreed upon.

The AFC, therefore, wanted a review of the Accord before their third anniversary with APNU but despite repeated requests, this was not facilitated.

AFC Leader, Raphael Trotman has told media operatives that the Party’s leaders will be meeting on Saturday to discuss how it will proceed given that the review will not be done before the third anniversary.

The request for a review of the Accord came after the AFC was publicly battered by its own party members who leaked emails to the press showing a great internal division over its position to support the unilateral appointment of the GECOM Chairman by President David Granger.

The AFC was also majorly berated for not fulfilling the promises it made to the people and for upholding the principles on which it was founded.

According to some members of the party, the AFC Ministers seem to have lost track of the real issues as they have been sidelined with perks of being in high office.

Trotman had admitted that there is a huge cry within the party for the AFC to rebuild its identity and to contest the Local Government Elections alone.

Despite public pronouncements that the parties have worked well together in government, there are numerous instances of rifts between the APNU and AFC – with the latter being continuously shafted.

Commentators say that the AFC has lost all political leverage and value and that if they were to try to regain its independence, it will be deadmeat at the polls.

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