OK, let’s start with the donkeys. They’re desperate, around 150 of them in Antigua’s 35-acre Bethesda sanctuary. After months of drought, there’s not a blade of grass left. The desperate animals are gnawing at the bark of the neem trees, which in normal times provide welcome shade.
IN Suriname, Monday’s Eid public holiday was also election day. By yesterday — three days on from the poll — there was still no official result. Disputes broke out over the counting process. But it looks like a bloody nose for Desi Bouterse, who has dominated Surinamese politics for just over 40 years.
ALL looked fine on Saturday. Barbadian leader Mia Mottley as Caricom chair persuaded Guyana’s president David Granger and opposition leader Bharrat Jagdeo to agree to a full recount. A high-level Caricom team—four of them female, and all of them Afro-Caribbean—flew in on Sunday, among them T&T’s chief elections officer Fern Narcis-Scope.
GUYANA is back from the brink. For now, and barely so. Last week Friday, big trouble seemed imminent. We had disputed results from the Monday election, protests in Indo-Guyanese villages, a 19-year-old shot dead, and three police in hospital from their injuries.
It’s no way to sign off after a successful career.
Dean Barrow, prime minister of Belize since 2008 and an MP for the past 35 years, had it planned. He was to step down gracefully, after turning 69 on March 2 and presenting his annual budget three days later, with his successor to fight a general election soon afterwards.