Guyana: Political structure

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Economist Intelligence Unit
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Politics, Summary, Political structure
Political Geography
Guyana

Official name

Co-operative Republic of Guyana

Form of government

Republican representative system with a strong presidency and limited regional autonomy

The executive

The president appoints a prime minister and cabinet, not all of whom need to be members of the legislature; the cabinet is answerable to the National Assembly

Head of state

Elected president, who is the leader of the largest party in the National Assembly

National legislature

Unicameral 65-member National Assembly; normally sits for a five-year term

Legal system

Series of magistrates' courts and further appellate courts, with the Caribbean Court of Justice at the apex

National elections

March 2nd 2020; the next election is due by March 2025.

National government

People's Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C)

Main political organisations

Government: People's Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C)

Opposition: A Partnership for National Unity (APNU, a coalition including People's National Congress-Reform-PNC-R) and Alliance for Change (AFC); A New and United Guyana (UNAG).

Key ministers

President: Irfaan Ali

Vice-president: Bharrat Jagdeo

Prime minister: Mark Phillips

Agriculture: Zulfikar Mustapha

Amerindian affairs: Pauline Sukhai

Attorney-general & legal affairs: Anil Nandlall

Culture, youth & sports: Charles Ramson

Education: Priya Manickchand

Finance: Ashni Singh

Foreign affairs: Hugh Todd

Health: Frank Anthony

Home affairs: Robeson Benn

Housing & water: Colin Croal

Human services & social security: Vindhya Persaud

Labour: Joseph Hamilton

Local government & regional development: Nigel Dharamlall

Natural resources: Vickram Bharrat

Parliamentary affairs & governance: Gail Teixeira

Public services: Sonia Parag

Public works: Juan Edghill

Tourism, industry, trade & commerce: Oneidge Walrond

Central bank governor

Gobind Ganga

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