The opposition A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC) has ended Guyana’s ruling People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) 23 year old rule with slightly over 5,000 votes in Monday’s election.
In a post election statement, the APNU+AFC states “the results have shown that we have come together as a Guyanese people to elect a government that will respect the rights for all the people”.
Leftist President Donald Ramotar’s party was defeated mainly because the citizens accused him of wide corruption in infrastructure projects which include a new international airport, a 165 – megawatt hydropower plant and a high-tech hospital. He was trying to sugar coat his government’s corruption but the plan backfired when the opposition parties teamed up to forge a multi racial opposition front.
Guyana is a former British colony on the North East coast of South America with slightly over 750,000 people of African, Indian and Americas origin who have mainly been voting along ethnic lines, thereby giving the ruling party chance to manipulate and rip the nation’s economy.