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President of Guyana


President of Guyana

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

since 16 May 2015
Style His / Her Excellency
Residence 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)
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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 1
  • Presidents of Guyana (1970–present) 2
  • See also 3
  • External links 4
  • References 5

History and description

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)

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 Arthur Chung
17 March 1970 6 October 1980 10 years, 203 days Independent Burnham
2 Forbes Burnham
6 October 1980 6 August 1985
(died in office.)
4 years, 304 days People's National Congress Reid
3 Desmond Hoyte
6 August 1985 9 October 1992 7 years, 64 days People's National Congress Green
4 Cheddi Jagan
9 October 1992 6 March 1997
(died in office.)
4 years, 148 days People's Progressive Party Hinds
5 Sam Hinds
6 March 1997 19 December 1997 288 days People's Progressive Party Janet Jagan
6 Janet Jagan
19 December 1997 11 August 1999
1 year, 235 days People's Progressive Party Hinds
7 Bharrat Jagdeo
11 August 1999 3 December 2011 12 years, 114 days People's Progressive Party Hinds
8 Donald Ramotar
3 December 2011 16 May 2015 3 years, 164 days People's Progressive Party Hinds
9 David Granger
16 May 2015 Incumbent 1 year, 52 days
(as of 7 July 2016)
A Partnership for National UnityAlliance for Change Nagamootoo

See also

External links

  • Office of the President


  1. ^ "Ramotar blasts arbitrary handout of national awards".  
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