Potential Oil Money Stains Guyana Election

With reserves of 8 billion barrels of oil and gas off the coast of Guyana now being tapped by a consortium of companies, the stakes were high going into the March 2 Presidential election, and not surprisingly, there were allegations of vote rigging, which led to a recount.

Now, the Guyana Elections Commission has released priliminary data on the presidential election recount, which shows that 47-year-old Opposition Leader for the People’s Progressive Party, Irfaan Ali, has won, and will be sworn in as President of the 800,000-populated republic, made up of about 30% Afro-Guyanese, 44% of Indian descent, and the remainder comprising a mix of four other groups.

The recount of the votes cast in the March Presidential election was done following credible accusations that the first result was manipulated.

President David Granger of the coalition APNU and AFC party, had claimed victory, despite reports from observer groups and diplomats from the United States and the European Union saying there were irregularities in the first count.

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