Rowley: Caricom deplores US unrest

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley.- Angelo Marcelle
Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley.- Angelo Marcelle

THE Prime Minister, in his role as Caricom’s new chairman, lamented the unrest in Washington, DC, on Wednesday.

As members of the US Congress counted the votes of the electoral college to confirm Biden, rioters sympathetic to President Trump who thought the election had been rigged invaded the Capitol building, interrupting the count and causing the legislators to flee.

By Thursday morning, election winner Joe Biden had been confirmed as the next US President by lawmakers toiling through the night in a city under lockdown.

Dr Rowley, who as TT PM on Wednesday had told Newsday that it was a day never to forget, on Thursday commented as Caricom head.

“The Caribbean Community (Caricom) is deeply saddened and concerned at the unprecedented scenes that unfolded at the Capitol Building in Washington, DC, USA, during the certification of the votes of the presidential elections by the US Congress.

“The storming of the US Congress was a gross affront to democracy and the rule of law in a country which has been viewed as a leading light of representative governance the world over.”

He said Caricom looks forward to the restoration of order and the continuation of the transfer of power in a peaceful manner, referring to incoming US president Joe Biden.

In this May 2016 file photo, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley in a friendly conversation with US Vice President Joe Biden, alongiside Guyana president David Granger during the US Caribbean Central America Energy Summit in Washington DC, in May 2016. Biden was announced as the 46th president of the United States of America on November 7, 2020, four days after the November 3 election day. - - Carla Bridglal


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