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Ex-Army general expected to become Guyana's new president

Published:Friday | May 15, 2015 | 5:00 AM
Presidential candidate of the A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance For Change, David Granger.

GEORGETOWN (AP):

A retired army general is poised to become Guyana's new president after a multi-ethnic opposition coalition defeated a party that has been in power for nearly 25 years.

Preliminary results released yesterday show that 69-year-old David Arthur Granger and his Partnership for National Unity-Alliance for Change Coalition obtained nearly 207,000 votes in Monday's general elections. The governing People's Progressive Party obtained nearly 201,500 votes.

The coalition is expected to have a three or four-seat majority in the 65-member Parliament of the South American country.

President Donald Ramotar's party had asked for a partial recount of ballots. It has been in power since 1992 and was seeking a sixth consecutive term.