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New president of Guyana sworn in

Published:Sunday | August 2, 2020 | 6:10 PM
Dr Irfaan Ali (right) taking the Oath of Office as President of Guyana on August 2, 2020 - Contributed photo.

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – Dr Irfaan Ali was on Sunday sworn in as the ninth President of Guyana promising a “government that is accessible” and transparent and urged citizens to put aside their differences for the betterment of the country.

Ali, 40, took the oath of office before acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Yonette Cummings Edwards, less than three hours after the Guyana Elections Commission declared him the winner of the disputed March 2 regional and general elections.

The commission also declared that the main opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) had won the most seats - 32  - in the 65-member Parliament, with the outgoing coalition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) receiving 31 seats and the other political parties, one seat, under Guyana’s proportional representation electoral system.

Ali promised Guyana that his administration would not “disappoint you” and thanked the population “sincerely for your confidence and your trust but you will know that in voting for the PPP you’ve elected a Government to serve all the people of Guyana and that is what we will be doing.

“We are in this together, we are not separated,” he said, adding that he is looking forward to a smooth transmission from the David Granger administration.

Ali said he intends to name his Cabinet as soon as possible so that the work of the new government can begin immediately.

Ali said that the outgoing president was invited to the ceremony but he stayed away.

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