Guyana Political Crisis Result of Institutionalized Autocracy

Guyana President Donald Rabindranauth Ramotar addresses the general debate of the 69th session of the U.N. General Assembly, New York, Sept. 26, 2014 (U.N. photo by Amanda Voisard).
Guyana President Donald Rabindranauth Ramotar addresses the general debate of the 69th session of the U.N. General Assembly, New York, Sept. 26, 2014 (U.N. photo by Amanda Voisard).

Last month, Guyana was plunged into political crisis after President Donald Romator suspended parliament to avoid a no-confidence vote. In an email interview, George Danns, professor of sociology at the University of North Georgia, discussed Guyana’s domestic politics. WPR: What is the background of the current political crisis in Guyana, and what impact is it having on the country’s economy and foreign relations? George Danns: The 2011 elections in Guyana gave the combined opposition parties the Alliance For Change (AFC) and A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) a one-seat majority in Parliament over the governing People’s Progressive Party (PPP), which […]

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