Guyana: Government

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Coat of Arms of Co-operative Republic of Guyana

Key Figures

Chief of State: President David Granger

Head of Government: Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo

Overview

Government Name: Co-operative Republic of Guyana

Constitution: Adopted: 1970; Establishes a parliamentary-style government based on the English Model, and a separation of powers with the legislative holding the most power by electing the president

Government Type: Republic

Main Powers Election Process Election Cycle Source: ElectionGuide, http://www.electionguide.org/
Executive

The president and prime minister are responsible for constituting the executive branch of government.

Indirectly elected by national assembly.

5 years

Judicial

Responsible for constituting the judicial branch of government.

Appointed by the president.

Mandatory retirement age of 65

Legislative

Responsible for electing the president and constituting the legislative branch of government.

65 seats are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system.

5 years

International Relations

Foreign Policy Trends: Guyana strongly supports the concept of regional integration. It played an important role in the founding of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM), but its status as one of the organization's poorest members limits its ability to exert leadership in regional activities. Guyana has sought to keep foreign policy in close alignment with the consensus of CARICOM members, especially in voting in the UN, OAS, and other international organizations.

Regional Trade Blocs: CARICOM

Treaties: South American Defense Council


International Organization Participation  Source: CIA World Factbook

ACP AOSIS C Caricom CD CDB
CELAC FAO G-77 IADB IBRD ICAO
ICRM IDA IFAD IFC IFRCS ILO
IMF IMO Interpol IOC IOM ISO
ITU LAES MIGA NAM OAS OIC
OPANAL OPCW PCA Petrocaribe UN UNASUR
UNCTAD UNESCO UNIDO UPU WCO WFTU
WHO WIPO WMO WTO

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Environmental Agreements  Source: CIA World Factbook

Biodiversity Climate Change Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol Desertification Endangered Species Hazardous Wastes
Law of the Sea Ozone Layer Protection Ship Pollution Tropical Timber 06

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Tax Authority: Information not available

Tax Name: Information not available


Sources:

CIA World Factbook and U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets except where stated otherwise.

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