President of Guyana

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President of the
Co-operative Republic of Guyana
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Presidential Coat of arms
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Presidential Standard
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Incumbent
David Granger

since 16 May 2015
Style His / Her Excellency
Residence State House, Georgetown
Term length Usual term of 5 years, renewable once
Inaugural holder Edward Luckhoo
Formation 23 February 1970
Succession Prime Minister of Guyana
Deputy Prime Minister of Guyana (as First Vice-President)
Website http://www.op.gov.gy
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This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Guyana

The President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana is the head of state, head of government and commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Guyana. The President is also the Chancellor of the Orders of Guyana.[1]

History and description[edit]

When Guyana was declared a republic in 1970, the president was elected by the National Assembly for a five-year term and possessed largely ceremonial powers. After a 1980 referendum, the constitution was amended to make the president an executive post, and the president became known as the executive president. The leader of the party receiving the most votes in a General and Regional Election becomes president, and holds office for the legislature's duration—in practice, five years.

Presidents are counted beginning with President Arthur Chung in 1970. Executive presidents are counted beginning with President Forbes Burnham (first executive president) in 1980.

Presidents of Guyana (1970–present)[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, taking the President of France as an example.

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
(1918–2008)
17 March 1970 6 October 1980 10 years, 203 days Independent Burnham
2 LFSB.jpg Forbes Burnham
(1923–1985)
6 October 1980 6 August 1985
(died in office.)
4 years, 304 days People's National Congress Reid
Hoyte
3 No image.png Desmond Hoyte
(1929–2002)
6 August 1985 9 October 1992 7 years, 64 days People's National Congress Green
4 President Cheddi Jagan.png Cheddi Jagan
(1918–1997)
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
(1943–)
6 March 1997 19 December 1997 288 days People's Progressive Party Janet Jagan
6 Janet Jagan.png Janet Jagan
(1920–2009)
19 December 1997 11 August 1999
(resigned.)
1 year, 235 days People's Progressive Party Hinds
Jagdeo
7 Jagdeo03032007.jpg Bharrat Jagdeo
(1964–)
11 August 1999 3 December 2011 12 years, 114 days People's Progressive Party Hinds
8 Donald Ramotar.png Donald Ramotar
(1950–)
3 December 2011 16 May 2015 3 years, 164 days People's Progressive Party Hinds
9 D. Granger.jpg David Granger
(1945–)
16 May 2015 Incumbent 111 days
(as of 4 September 2015)
A Partnership for National UnityAlliance for Change Nagamootoo

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ramotar blasts arbitrary handout of national awards". Guyana Times. 29 May 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2015. ...according to the Constitution of the Orders of Guyana, the President is the Chancellor of the Orders of Guyana and custodian of the insignia, ribbons and records of the orders.