Guyana 2006

Yearbook 2006

Guyana. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Guyana include Independence Day (May 26) and New Year (January 1). President Bharrat Jagdeo won over his opponent Robert Corbin in the August 28 presidential election with just over 54% of the vote and was thus elected for a second term. A tense political situation in the country for several years has created fears of unrest in connection with the election. Already in April, opposition members resigned from the National Electoral Commission on the grounds that the government had manipulated it to secure victory in the August elections. After the election was postponed three weeks, four workers were murdered on Kaieteur News, one of the country’s largest newspapers supporting President Jagdeo, and the editor-in-chief hinted at political motives. Despite this, the election was conducted without incidents and actually became the calmest in many years. Jagdeo’s election results matched very closely with the proportion of Indians in Guyana, who usually vote for Jagdeo’s Party PPP/C (People’s Progressive Party/Civic). However, a new multi-ethnic party, AFC (Alliance for Change), managed to get together 10% of the vote, which showed that there is no longer an ethnic vote in G. The blacks, who make up 43% of the population, usually vote for Corbin’s PNCR (People’s), for example. National Congress Reform), but the party got far less share of votes than that. In the congressional elections held simultaneously, PPP/C’s representation was increased from 34 to 36 seats. PNCR’s dropped from 27 to 22 and AFC gained five places. That PPP/ C won despite political scandals and a poor economy was primarily attributed to PNCR’s lack of election work.

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