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.

Monarch
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Reign Royal House Prime Minister
Reign start Reign end
1 Queen Elizabeth II
(1926–)
Queen Elizabeth II - 1953-Dress.JPG 26 May 1966 23 February 1970 Windsor Burnham

Governor-General[edit]

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.

Status
  Denotes Chief Justice acting as Officer Administering the Government
Governor-General
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Tenure Monarch Prime Minister
Took office Left office
1 Sir Richard Luyt
(1915–1994)
No image.png 26 May 1966 16 December 1966 Elizabeth II Burnham
2 Sir David Rose
(1923–1969)
No image.png 16 December 1966 10 November 1969
(died in office.)
Elizabeth II Burnham
3 Sir Edward Luckhoo
(1912–1998)
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.

Status
  Denotes Prime Minister acting as President
President
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Tenure Elected Political affiliation
(at time of appointment)
Prime Minister(s)
Took office Left office
Ceremonial President
Sir Edward Luckhoo
(1912–1998)
No image.png 23 February 1970 17 March 1970 Independent Burnham
1 Arthur Chung
(1918–2008)
President Arthur Chung.jpg 17 March 1970 6 October 1980 Independent Burnham
Executive President
2 Forbes Burnham
(1923–1985)
LFSB.jpg 6 October 1980 6 August 1985
(died in office.)
People's National Congress Reid
Hoyte
3 Desmond Hoyte
(1929–2002)
Hoyte.jpg 6 August 1985 9 October 1992 People's National Congress Green
4 Cheddi Jagan
(1918–1997)
President Cheddi Jagan.png 9 October 1992 6 March 1997
(died in office.)
People's Progressive Party Hinds
5 Sam Hinds
(1943–)
Sam Hinds 2006.jpg 6 March 1997 19 December 1997 People's Progressive Party Jagan
6 Janet Jagan
(1920–2009)
Janet Jagan.png 19 December 1997 11 August 1999
(resigned.)
People's Progressive Party Hinds
Jagdeo
7 Bharrat Jagdeo
(1964–)
Jagdeo03032007.jpg 11 August 1999 3 December 2011 People's Progressive Party Hinds
8 Donald Ramotar
(1950–)
Donald Ramotar.png 3 December 2011 16 May 2015 People's Progressive Party Hinds
9 David Granger
(1945–)
David Arthur Granger (21605566518) (cropped).jpg 16 May 2015 People's National Congress
(APNU)
Nagamootoo

Standards[edit]

Living former heads of state[edit]

There are four living former Guyanan 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 90)
Sam Hinds 2006.jpg Sam Hinds 1997 President of Guyana (1943-12-27) 27 December 1943 (age 72)
Jagdeo03032007.jpg Bharrat Jagdeo 1999–2011 President of Guyana (1964-01-23) 23 January 1964 (age 52)
Donald Ramotar.png Donald Ramotar 2011–2015 President of Guyana (1950-10-22) 22 October 1950 (age 65)

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