First minority government for Guyana

first_img Share Share 12 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! NewsRegional First minority government for Guyana by: – December 2, 2011center_img Share Tweet President-elect, Donald RamotarGEORGETOWN, Guyana — The Guyana Election Commission (GECOM) on Thursday declared Donald Ramotar of the ruling People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) the winner of Monday’s presidential election. However, Ramotar’s party failed to win an overall parliamentary majority.GECOM said the PPP/C won 32 seats, the opposition coalition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) 26 seats, and the Alliance for Change 7 seats. It is the first minority government in Guyana since the former British colony achieved self-government in 1953 and independence in 1966.Ramotar is expected to be sworn in as president on Saturday, replacing Bharrat Jagdeo, who served the two-term maximum set by Guyana’s constitution.The electoral commission had delayed the announcement of the final results, which had been expected on Wednesday, amid much controversy, prompting GECOM chairman Steve Surujbally to defend the integrity of the commission and the results.By Caribbean News Now contributorlast_img read more