Monday, September 4, 2006
In Guyana, President Bharrat Jagdeo has been officially sworn in for another five years, after winning elections in the racially divided Caribbean territory. The 42 year old Jagdeo, a a Russian trained Economist of Indian descent, won 54.6 percent of the vote while his People's Progressive Party/Civic party won 36 seats in the 65-member parliament. Shortly after the ceremony Jaghdeo issued a national call for Unity "I am the president of all of Guyana and I need you to work with me, he said, The president illustrated that his opponent Robert Corbin who had earlier accused Jaghdeo of electoral fraud and of ignoring Afro-Guyanese issues had called him shortly before the ceremony to offer his congratulations. Corbin secured 34 percent of the vote and his People's National Congress Reform party won 22 parliament seats. The New party Alliance for Change won five seats in the chamber with the last two seats going to smaller parties. "I hope to meet leaders of the political parties in parliament to hammer out a framework of cooperation," President Jaghdeo said.