GUYANA: President David Granger takes office

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guyana-president-takes-the-oath.jpgBrigadier-General David Granger was sworn-in as the new president of Guyana on Saturday, witnessed by a large, enthusiastic crowd.

Granger led a grouping of parties, headed by A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC), to victory over the incumbent PPP/Civic, which had been in office for 22 years, in Monday's elections.

Figures released by the Guyana Elections Commission gave APNU/AFC 206,817 votes, compared to 201,457 for PPP/Civic.Incumbent president, Donald Ramotar, had appeared unwilling to accept the preliminary results and called for a complete recount.

As the post election tensions mounted, the European Union, and the governments of the United States, Britain, and Canada, all releases statements calling for the results to be respected and praising the Gunana Elections Commission for the work it had done in conducting the elections.

The EU and the three influential government all made it clear that they expected any grievance over the result to be addressed through legal channels. Moses V Nagamootoo, leader of the Alliance For Change, is the Prime Minister-designate.