Former Army Brigadier David Granger sworn-in as eighth President of Guyana

May 18, 2015 12:10 IST

Former Army Brigadier David Granger on 16 May 2015 was sworn in as the eighth President of Guyana.  He was sworn-in as the President after his A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) party-led coalition won the national elections.

In the national elections held on 11 May 2015, his coalition APNU – Alliance for Change (AFC) defeated the ruling People’s Progressive Party (PPP). With this, it ended the 23 year old grip on power of Indo-Guyanese PPP.

The APNU-AFC coalition riding high on the campaign to reduce high youth unemployment and violent crime as well as crack down on piracy won 207200 votes. The PPP, on the other hand, got 202674 votes.

Further, Granger's coalition is expected to have three-four seat majority in the 65-member Parliament.

Besides, Indo-Guyanese politician Moses Nagamootoo, who defected from the PPP, was tapped as Prime Minister and the full cabinet is expected to be unveiled on 26 May 2015.

Earlier Donald Ramotar, the PPP veteran and incumbent President, had forced an early ­elections after suspending and dissolving the parliament in November 2014 to avoid a no-confidence vote.

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