GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) -- Guyana's army chief Tuesday
denounced as "wild and irresponsible" accusations in the governing party's
newspaper that the military is plotting a coup against the president.
The Mirror newspaper of the People's Progressive Party suggested in an
editorial Sunday that the military may try to topple President Janet Jagan and
hand control of the government to the rival People's National Congress in
order to quell labor unrest.
Maj. Gen. Joseph G. Singh, chief of the Guyana Defense Force, called the
charges baseless. The army, formed in 1965, has no history of involvement
in Guyanese politics.
"Unless the writer of the Sunday Mirror's editorial can produce proof of
action which has changed this apolitical and professional stance by the
security forces and which has given rise to the editorial's warped hypothesis,
then he or she should desist from making wild and irresponsible statements,"
Singh said in a written statement.
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