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Jagdeo likely to be Guyana Prez again

Bharrat Jagdeo, a PIO, had become the president of Guyana for the first time in 1999.

india Updated: Sep 01, 2006 15:04 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

Guyana's ruling party, the People's Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), is set to retain power, latest results from around 2,000 polling divisions across the country show.

PPP/C's Bharrat Jagdeo is expected to take oath as president for the third consecutive term with the party looking set to win at least 34 seats in the 65-member National Assembly after the general elections in this Caribbean country last Monday.

PPP/C's main rival, the People's National Congress Reform - One Guyana (PNCR-1G), is expected to end up with 23 seats, down from 27 it had in the last term.

Jagdeo had become the president of Guyana for the first time in 1999 when Janet Jagan, wife of Cheddi Jagan, resigned from that post. He was then re-elected in the elections that were held in 2001.

The highlight of this year's elections was the relative peace in which the process was completed.

According to reports here, Jagdeo, a person of Indian origin, is expected to take oath of office either on Friday or Saturday after the results are officially announced.

Ethnic Indians comprise 50 per cent of Guyana's population of over 750,000.

First Published: Aug 31, 2006 19:21 IST