News Americas, GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Fri, May 15, 2015: The next President of Guyana will be a retired Brigadier.
David Granger, a former National Security Adviser to the President and as Commander of the Guyana Defence Force, is set to be sworn in as the next head of state of the South American nation after leading the coalition APNU-AFC to a victory in the May 11, 2015 election.
Granger was born in Georgetown, Guyana on July 15, 1945 and went on to attend the celebrated Queen’s College high school in Guyana, where he became a member of the Queen’s College Cadet Corps.
After graduating from High School, he joined the Guyana Defence Force where he conducted part of his formal military training in Britain, Brazil and Nigeria.
Granger has had a long and distinguished military career serving as: co-chairman of the Border and National Security Committee; member of the National Security Strategy Planning Committee; Chairman of the Central Intelligence Committee; member of the National Drug Law Enforcement Committee; and member of the Guyana Defence Board. Throughout his military career, he was awarded a Military Service Star and medals for Efficiency and Border Defence.
He also led Guyanese military delegations to Brazil, Cuba, Germany, Guinea, South Korea and Yugoslavia.
Brigadier Granger received the Military Service Star; Military Service Medal; Efficiency Medal; Border Defence Medal; and other service awards.
Brigadier Granger holds a degree in history from the University of Guyana.; a Master’s degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of West Indies and graduated with a Hubert Humphrey Fellow at the University of Maryland.
He also attended a Caribbean Defence and Security Course at the Center for Hemispheric Defence Studies in Washington, DC and is an accomplished academian who has published several articles on military, historical and media.
This eventually led him to found his own publication, Guyana Review.
Granger then became the opposition coalition’s presidential candidate of the APNU (A Partnership For National Unity,” a coalition of several parties including the Working People Alliance and ran in the 2011 election. Granger was defeated by Donald Ramotar but was unanimously elected as Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly on January 16, 2012.
In 2015, the APNU further coalesced with the Alliance For Change, (AFC) to contest the May 11, 2015 election and succeeded in winning over Ramotar and the PPP/Civic.