News Americas, GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Thurs. Dec. 1, 2011: Guyana is set to be ruled by a minority government for the first time in its independent history.
The Peoples Progressive Party/Civic, Donald Ramotar, was declared the President this afternoon following official results released by the Guyana Elections Commission, some 72 hours after voting concluded on Nov. 28th. This mean he has taken his party to a fifth straight victory and will see the PPP/C now ruling Guyana for 24 years.
The declaration of a Ramotar Presidency came two days after the PPP/C presidential candidate’s Facebook page, declared him the winner, even though the official results of the election were not yet released.
Results as of this afternoon show the PPP/C with 166,340 votes compared to 139, 678 for A Partnership For National Unity. The Alliance For Change secured 35, 333 votes while the United Force was last with 855.
No party secured a fifty percent majority. The PPP/C’s 48.6 percent hands them 32 seats while the APNU’s 40.8 percent will give them 20 seats in the country’s parliament. AFC will have 7 seats, meaning together, the APNU and AFC will control the House with a combined 33 seats.