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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: 778,000 (2018E—World Bank); 740,685 (2018E—U.S. Census).

Major Urban Center (2014E—UN): Georgetown (124,000).

Official Language: English.

Monetary Unit: Guyanese Dollar (market rate October 19, 2018: 204.04 dollars = $1US).

President: Brig. Gen. (Ret.) David Arthur GRANGER (A Partnership for National Unity); sworn in May 16, 2015, to succeed Donald RAMOTAR (People’s Progressive Party/Civic), who had been in office since December 6, 2011.

Prime Minister: Moses NAGAMOOTOO (Alliance for Change); sworn in May 20, 2015, succeeding Samuel A. (Sam) HINDS (Civic).

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