Guyana. According to
CountryAAH, the total population in Guyana is 786,563 people in 2020.
On June 24, George Bacchus, the main witness, was
assassinated in an investigation into alleged
government-assisted death squads. According to the
opposition and human rights groups, the death squads are
responsible for at least 40 murders and several kidnappings
over the past two years, and the client is Minister of the
Interior Ronald Gajraj, who thereby wanted to deal with the
increased crime. Before he died, Bacchus stated that he had
been a target already in January, when instead his brother
was accidentally murdered by the same death squads. To
investigate the allegations, President Bharrat Jagdeo
established a special commission in June, which was,
however, immediately criticized by the opposition for
darkening the deal rather than clarifying it.
In the November 2011 parliamentary elections, the PPP became
the largest party with 48.6% of the vote. It reached 32
seats out of Parliament's 65. As the largest party, the PPP
was also given the post of President to which Donald Ramotar
was nominated. He was deployed in December.
In 2012, the government divided the sea area within the
country's 200km sea border into plots for oil exploration.
Test drilling is planned for 2013-18.
In 2014, there was a conflict between President Ramotar
and the National Assembly, after the President refused to
follow the budget cuts that the Assembly had adopted. It
prompted the National Assembly to adopt a vote of no
confidence in the President, who in November 2014 suspended
the Assembly, to dissolve it completely 3 months later. In
May 2015, then regional and parliamentary elections,
narrowly won by the opposition APNU, took 7 seats up to 33
out of Parliament's 65. APNU President David A. Granger was
then appointed President and the party's Moses Nagamootoo as
Prime Minister. After 23 years in power, the PPP had to
assume the role of opposition.