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New president sworn in

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2015 | 5:00 AM
Granger

GEORGETOWN (AP)

A retired army general has been sworn in as Guyana's new president after his multi-ethnic opposition coalition won the South American country's general elections and ended a 23-year party rule.

David Granger said yesterday that Guyana's democracy has been fortified and that he considers himself a president for all of the people. His party has pledged to end racial divisions that long have marked Guyana's politics.

Guyana's elections commission says Granger's Partnership for National Unity-Alliance for Change Coalition obtained 207,200 votes. The long-governing People's Progressive Party received 202,674 votes. Granger's coalition will have a one-seat majority in the 65-member Parliament.