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Country Report Guyana

  • ID: 2138721
  • January 2015
  • Region: Guyana
  • 28 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

The president, Donald Ramotar, has announced general elections for May 11th, exactly six months after suspending the country's parliament in order to avoid a no-confidence motion against him.

In November Mr Ramotar "prorogued" the country's parliament, meaning that it was suspended but not dissolved. The constitutional measure was invoked in order to block a no-confidence motion by the opposition, which holds a small majority in the country's 65-member National Assembly.

Due to the opposition's legislative majority, Mr Ramotar and his Indo-Guyanese-dominated People's Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) have been unable to implement any substantive policies since Mr Ramotar came to power in 2011. The president has proven less popular than his predecessor, Bharrat Jagdeo (1999-2011), partly due to his inability to enact major policies but also owing to a lack of charisma. He is seen as a party apparatchik--as opposed to a serious president--by many Guyanese. Yet, given that politics in Guyana is very delineated by race, especially in the country's interior, there is a chance that scandals and personalities will be ignored by many who will continue to vote based on racial allegiances, in which case the PPP/C is likely to remain in power owing to the larger Indo-Guyanese population.

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