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David Arthur Granger, a 69-year-
old former army brigadier, was sworn
in as the eighth head of state of Guyana
yesterday, promising an inclusive gov-
ernment and urging his predecessor
Donald Ramotar to be part of "this
movement of national unity."
Granger was sworn into office by the
Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Carl
A Singh, just over an hour after the
Guyana Elections Commission (Gecom)
declared the final results of the May 11
poll that gave the opposition coalition
alliance victory over the incumbent Peo-
ple s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C).
According to Gecom, the coalition
comprising A Partnership for National
Unity and the Alliance for Change
(APNU+AFC) received 207,200 votes
as compared to 202,694 for the PPP/C.
Before thousands of Guyanese nation-
als, members of the diplomatic com-
munity as well as religious leaders,
Granger, who has vowed to end race
politics in Guyana, pledged to be "a
president for all the people."
He reminded the country that on Jan-
uary 1, this year, the APNU+AFC had
declared that 2015 would be the year of
"We were right. Let us therefore
rejoice in the people s choice, let us
embrace each other regardless of religion,
regardless of race, regardless of class,
regardless of occupation.
"As fellow Guyanese, let us work
together to realise our inspiring national
motto One People, One Nation, One
Destiny," he said, urging the people gath-
ered outside the Parliament building in
the capital to hold hands and sing that
famous national song, Let us co-operate
for Guyana, let us co-operate for our
land, let us resolve to fight together, see
we do it right together.
The retired army veteran, who was
trained in Britain, Brazil and Nigeria,
had campaigned on a platform of
increased security an fighting drug and
He told the nation that while there
would be rejoicing, the country had to
face up to the stark reality of unem-
ployment, poverty and other social ills,
He described Guyana as the "best,
the biggest and the most bountiful coun-
try in the Caribbean," adding there was
good reasons for rejoicing.
"We rejoice not only in the favourable
results but more particularly in the
enjoyment of our democracy," he said,
thanking all the international observers,
Gecom and other stakeholders who
played a part in ensuring that the polls
were free, fair and transparent.
He also promised not to prorogue the
Parliament, a reference to the decision
of former president Ramotar who pro-
rogued Parliament last November rather
than allow for a debate of no confidence
in his administration.
Granger said he was encouraging the
new legislators, who will be sworn in
on Independence Day, on May 26, at
the national stadium to be faithful to
their oath of office and their con-
"Guyanese, the elections are over, the
people have chosen their representatives,
the Constitution has been respected,
our democracy has been fortified. Let
us now put past rivalries behind us and
work in unity to banish poverty, igno-
rance, fear and hatred.
"We assemble here today to witness
the swearing in, not of a party leader,
but of a president of all the people, and
I shall be a good president for all the
people," he told the crowd in the swel-
He thanked the voters for choosing
the "most multi-party inclusionary
democracy" organisation to lead the
country, saying "we are convinced this
is the best way to overcome" the past
and the damage done to the country.
Granger said that agreement had been
reached with the outgoing administration
on the establishment of a transition
team "to facilitate the transfer of assets
and the transmission of information
needed to ensure the continuation of
government and to guarantee the sta-
bility of the State.
"And in so doing, I extend the arm
of friendship to former president, Donald
Ramotar, and members of the PPP/C
to join this great movement for national
unity," Granger told the cheering crowd.
...calls on Ramotar to be part
of national unity movement
CONSULAR CORPS SUPPORTS FEEL
David Dulal-Whiteway, chairman of the Foundation for the Enhancement and Enrichment of Life (Feel),
left, and Elena Villafana-Sylvester, Feel chief executive officer, accept a donation of $25,000 from Amjad
Ali, second from right, honorary consul general of Pakistan, and Amer Haidar, dean of the Consular Corps.
Feel is a registered charitable organisation (1994) that works through civil society to help improve the
physical, economic and social condition of the poor and disadvantaged.
David Arthur Granger
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