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Guyana - Election 2015

President Donald Ramotar's decision to suspend parliament to avoid a no-confidence motion against him plunged the country into political crisis. Calling on a little-known provision in the constitution known as proroguing, Ramotar disbanded the parliament for a maximum of six months. The leader of the opposition, Moses Nagamootoo, who was responsible for the bid for the vote of no confidence, denounced the administration as "a recalcitrant and renegade government.

Early general elections were held in May 2015. The A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC) coalition won a one-seat majority in the National Assembly, ending 23 years of rule by the Peoples Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C). The largest components of that coalition were the Alliance for Change (AFC) and the Peoples National Congress/Reform, which constituted most of the coalition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).

The Partnership for National Unity and Alliance for Change coalition, led by former army general David Granger, won the election by a small margin of 5,000 votes against the ruling party, the Indian-dominated People's Progressive Party (PPP). "We are a six-party coalition and we are the closest Guyana has ever gotten to a government of national unity and that makes me very happy," Granger said at his Georgetown home after results were announced.

Former leader of the opposition David Granger led the election coalition parties APNU+AFC and became president. Preceding the election, the uncertainty slowed investment because implementation of many governmental projects were either put on hold or curtailed until after elections. Upon taking power after more than 20 years of a PPP/C government, APNU+AFC reorganized several ministries, but has had some difficulty making the improvements they promised during the campaign.

Municipal elections were last held in 1994, and were more than a decade overdue. In 2008, in anticipation of nationwide municipal elections in 2009, electoral authorities completed a national voter re-registration exercise. This exercise was scrutinized by the major political parties, and was designed to produce a fresh and widely accepted voter list. Municipal elections scheduled for April 2010 have been postponed. No new date has been set, but they are expected to take place before December 1, 2010.

Local government elections were held in March 2016 in all eligible communities throughout the country and were considered free, fair, and credible by international observers. Although the law provides for local government elections every three years, there had been no local government elections since 1994.

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