Government and legal system


Government and legal system

The politics of Guyana takes place in a framework of a representative democratic republic, whereby the President of Guyana is the head of government, and of a multi-party system. Executive power is exercised by the government. Legislative power is vested in both the government and the National Assembly of Guyana.

On 11 May 2015, early general elections were held, resulting in a victory for A Partnership For National Unity-Alliance For Change (APNU-AFC) Coalition party. APNU-AFC, a multi-ethnic, multi-party coalition, won a majority, 33 of 65 seats in the National Assembly. On 16 May 2015, retired army general David A. Granger was sworn in as the eighth Executive President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana.The previous incumbent political party had been in power for 23 years. 

The country has one legislative branch, being the fully elected National Assembly, which sits for a period of five years. The President of the country, David Granger, acts as Chief of State, with an additional role of Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo, acting as the Head of Government. 

Guyana’s legal system is based on the English Common Law system as a result of its history as a colony of the British Empire.