Working People's Alliance

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The Working People's Alliance is a social democratic political party in Guyana. It was a consultative member of Socialist International until 2005.

History[edit]

The party was established in 1974, as an alliance of the Working People's Vanguard Party, the Association for Cultural Relations with Independent Africa, the Indian Political Revolutionary Associates and Ratoon,[1] and became a political party in 1979. The party first contested national elections in 1985. Although it pulled out of the (fraudulent) elections on election day, it still received 1.4% of the vote and won a single seat.[2] In the 1992 elections it increased its share of the vote to 2.0% and retained its seat in the National Assembly. For the 1997 elections it formed an alliance with the Guyana Labour Party named the Alliance for Guyana. Although its share of the vote dropped to 1.2%, it again retained its seat.

In the 2001 elections it allied with the Guyana Action Party, receiving 2.4% of the vote and two seats. The party did not contest the 2006 elections, although one of its members ran as part of the Alliance for Change. In the 2011 elections it was part of the Partnership for National Unity alliance,[3] which won 26 seats.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Canterbury, Dennis C.. Neoliberal democratization and new authoritarianism. Aldershot: Ashgate, cop. 2005. p. 117
  2. ^ Nohlen, D (2005) Elections in the Americas: A data handbook, Volume I, pp366-368 ISBN 978-0-19-928357-6
  3. ^ About APNU APNU

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