Officially: Co-operative Republic of Guyana.
Seat of government: Georgetown.
Status: Democratic.
Structure: The parliament (National Assembly) is elected by proportional representation and in multi-member geographical constituencies, and chooses the president.
Governing parties: Partnership for National Unity (principally People’s National Congress); Alliance for Change.
Head of government: David Granger, PNC, president.
Opposition party: People’s Progressive Party.
Recent history: The PPP won every election from the restoration of democracy in 1992 to 2011. Elections are largely along racial lines, with Indians supporting the PPP, Africans the PNC. General elections in 2011 diminished the PPP’s majority to a near-majority. At the same time, new leader Donald Ramotar replaced president Bharrat Jagdeo (1999-2011). In 2015, a PNC-led coalition won a slight majority.
FH: 2-3, free. Econ: 6.12 (76), flawed democracy.
Updated: 2015 May 16.