List of heads of state of Guyana

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This is a list of the heads of state of Guyana from the independence of Guyana in 1966 to the present day.

From 1966 to 1970 the head of state under the Guyana Independence Act 1966 was the Queen of Guyana, Elizabeth II, who was also the monarch of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms. The Queen was represented in Guyana by a Governor-General. Guyana became a republic under the Constitution of 1970 and the monarch and Governor-General were replaced by a ceremonial President, by that time. Currently, the President of Guyana is both head of state and head of government and is elected by the National Assembly.

Monarch (1966–1970)[edit]

The succession to the throne was the same as the succession to the British throne.

Queen Reign Royal House Prime Minister
Portrait Name Start End Duration
1 Queen Elizabeth II - 1953-Dress.JPG Elizabeth II
26 May 1966 23 February 1970 3 years, 273 days House of Windsor Burnham


Standard of the Governor-General of Guyana

The Governor-General was the representative of the monarch in Guyana and exercised most of the powers of the monarch. The Governor-General was appointed for an indefinite term, serving at the pleasure of the monarch. After the passage of the Statute of Westminster 1931, the Governor-General was appointed solely on the advice of the Cabinet of Guyana without the involvement of the British government. In the event of a vacancy the Chief Justice served as Officer Administering the Government.

  Denotes Chief Justice acting as Officer Administering the Government
Governor-General Term of Office Monarch Prime Minister
Portrait Name Took Office Left Office Duration
1 No image.png Sir Richard Luyt
26 May 1966 16 December 1966 204 days Elizabeth II Burnham
2 No image.png Sir David Rose
16 December 1966 10 November 1969
(died in office.)
2 years, 329 days Elizabeth II Burnham
3 No image.png Sir Edward Luckhoo
10 November 1969 23 February 1970 105 days Elizabeth II Burnham

President of Guyana[edit]

Under the 1970 Constitution of the Republic of Guyana, the President replaced the monarch as ceremonial head of state. The President was elected by the National Assembly for a five-year term. In the event of a vacancy the Prime Minister (who is also ex officio the country's First Vice President) served as Acting President. In 1980, the powers of the President were increased, taking the President of France as an example.[clarification needed]

  Denotes Acting President
President Term of office Political party
(at time of election)
Prime Minister(s)
Portrait Name Took office Left office Duration
1 President Arthur Chung.jpg Arthur Chung
17 March 1970 6 October 1980 10 years, 203 days Independent Burnham
2 LFSB.jpg Forbes Burnham
6 October 1980 6 August 1985
(died in office.)
4 years, 304 days People's National Congress Reid
3 Hoyte.jpg Desmond Hoyte
6 August 1985 9 October 1992 7 years, 64 days People's National Congress Green
4 President Cheddi Jagan.png Cheddi Jagan
9 October 1992 6 March 1997
(died in office.)
4 years, 148 days People's Progressive Party Hinds
5 Sam Hinds 2006.jpg Sam Hinds
6 March 1997 19 December 1997 288 days People's Progressive Party Janet Jagan
6 Janet Jagan.png Janet Jagan
19 December 1997 11 August 1999
1 year, 235 days People's Progressive Party Hinds
7 Jagdeo03032007.jpg Bharrat Jagdeo
11 August 1999 3 December 2011 12 years, 114 days People's Progressive Party Hinds
8 Donald Ramotar.png Donald Ramotar
3 December 2011 16 May 2015 3 years, 164 days People's Progressive Party Hinds
9 D. Granger.jpg David Granger
16 May 2015 Incumbent 272 days
(as of 12 February 2016)
A Partnership for National UnityAlliance for Change Nagamootoo

Living former heads of state[edit]

Name Term/Reign Office Date of birth
Elizabeth II 1966–1970 Queen of Guyana (1926-04-21) April 21, 1926 (age 89)
Sam Hinds 1997 President of Guyana (1943-12-27) December 27, 1943 (age 72)
Bharrat Jagdeo 1999–2011 President of Guyana (1964-01-23) January 23, 1964 (age 52)
Donald Ramotar 2011–2015 President of Guyana (1950-10-22) October 22, 1950 (age 65)

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