Opposition wins general election


Guyana’s opposition APNU+AFC appears to have won a narrow victory in Monday’s general election ending a 23 year period in office for the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C).

Preliminary results give APNU+AFC, a coalition of six small parties, 50.40% of the vote and 206,817 votes compared with 49.09% and 201,457 for the PPP/C – a difference of just 5,360 votes. Inevitably there are now a series of recounts taking place but the result is unlikely to change significantly after several recounts have already taken place.

If the result stands the APNU+AFC will have 33 seats and the PPP/C will have 32 seats, giving the current opposition parties a narrow one seat majority. It will also see the end of Donald Ramotar as President and the installation of retired army commander David Granger as the new President; the President is elected by the parliament.

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