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Guyana

Cooperative Republic of Guyana

Political Status: Formerly the colony of British Guiana; independent member of the Commonwealth since May 26, 1966; under republican regime instituted February 23, 1970; present constitution approved February 11, 1980, with effect from October 6.

Area: 83,000 sq. mi. (214,969 sq. km.).

Population: 701,704 (1991C); 753,000 (2006E). The 1991 figure (reflecting possible underenumeration) was substantially lower than that of 1980 (758,619).

Major Urban Center (metropolitan area, 2003E): GEORGETOWN (231,000).

Official Language: English.

Monetary Unit: Guyana Dollar (market rate November 2, 2007: 204.20 dollars = $1US).

President: Bharrat JAGDEO (People’s Progressive Party); sworn in August 11, 1999, to succeed Samuel A. (Sam) HINDS (Civic), who had been elevated from Prime Minister to Provisional President upon the resignation of Janet JAGAN (People’s Progressive Party) for health reasons on August 1; ...

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