List of heads of state of Guyana

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This is a list of the heads of state of Guyana, from independence 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.

Portrait Reign Royal House Prime Minister
Reign start Reign end
1 Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II in March 2015.jpg 26 May 1966 23 February 1970 Windsor Burnham


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
Portrait Tenure Monarch Prime Minister
Took office Left office
1 Sir Richard Luyt
No image.png 26 May 1966 31 October 1966 Elizabeth II Burnham
Sir Kenneth Sievewright Stoby
No image.png 1 November 1966 16 December 1966 Elizabeth II Burnham
2 Sir David Rose
No image.png 16 December 1966 10 November 1969
(died in office.)
Elizabeth II Burnham
Sir Edward Luckhoo
No image.png 10 November 1969 23 February 1970 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 served as Acting President. In 1980, the powers of the President were increased, with the establishment of the executive presidency.

  Denotes Prime Minister acting as President
Portrait Tenure Elected Political affiliation
(at time of appointment)
Prime Minister
Took office Left office
Ceremonial President
Sir Edward Luckhoo
No image.png 23 February 1970 17 March 1970 [1] Burnham
1 Arthur Chung
President Arthur Chung.jpg 17 March 1970 6 October 1980 Independent Burnham
Executive President
2 Forbes Burnham
Forbes Burnham (1966).jpg 6 October 1980 6 August 1985
(died in office.)
People's National Congress Reid
3 Desmond Hoyte
Desmond Hoyte.jpg 6 August 1985 9 October 1992 People's National Congress Green
4 Cheddi Jagan
President Cheddi Jagan.png 9 October 1992 6 March 1997
(died in office.)
People's Progressive Party Hinds
5 Sam Hinds
Sam Hinds 2006.jpg 6 March 1997 19 December 1997 People's Progressive Party J. Jagan
6 Janet Jagan
Janet Jagan.png 19 December 1997 11 August 1999
People's Progressive Party Hinds
7 Bharrat Jagdeo
Jagdeo03032007.jpg 11 August 1999 3 December 2011 People's Progressive Party Hinds
8 Donald Ramotar
Donald Ramotar.png 3 December 2011 16 May 2015 People's Progressive Party Hinds
9 David Granger
David Granger 2015 (cropped).jpg 16 May 2015 Incumbent People's National Congress


David GrangerDonald RamotarBharrat JagdeoJanet JaganSam HindsCheddi JaganDesmond HoyteForbes BurnhamArthur ChungSir Edward Luckhoo


Living former heads of state[edit]

There are four living former Guyana Heads of State:

Image Name Term/Reign Office Date of birth
Elizabeth II greets NASA GSFC employees, May 8, 2007 edit.jpg Elizabeth II 1966–1970 Queen of Guyana (1926-04-21) 21 April 1926 (age 93)
Sam Hinds 2006.jpg Sam Hinds 1997 President of Guyana (1945-12-27) 27 December 1945 (age 73)
Jagdeo03032007.jpg Bharrat Jagdeo 1999–2011 President of Guyana (1964-01-23) 23 January 1964 (age 55)
Donald Ramotar.png Donald Ramotar 2011–2015 President of Guyana (1950-10-22) 22 October 1950 (age 68)


  1. ^ Was Chief Justice of Guyana

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