General elections have taken place in both Guyana and Suriname this May - on 11th May for Guyana and 25th May for Suriname. Canning House will take stock of the results of both of these elections and the domestic and international implications of these results. The event will take the form of a round-table discussion and cover the political climate, and prospects for the economy and business amongst other matters.
The results are in for the Guyana election and Guyana’s multiracial opposition coalition has won a national election, breaking the ruling Indo-Guyanese party’s 23 year-old grip on power. The Partnership for National Unity and Alliance for Change coalition, led by former army brigadier and publisher David Granger, won 206,817 votes versus 201,457 for president Donald Ramotar’s People’s Progressive party.
In the Surinamese general election President Desi Bouterse from the ruling National Democratic Party have won an absolute majority with 116,662 votes.
Speakers for this event include Alan Gogbashian, Head of the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico Department (CCMD) at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and Amwed Jethu, Honourary Consul for Suriname.