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Opposition wins Guyana vote: preliminary results

President of Guyana Donald Ramotar is seen in Port of Spain on June 2, 2013An upstart opposition alliance has won Guyana’s general elections, ousting leftist President Donald Ramotar’s party from power after 23 years, according to preliminary results released Thursday. The People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC), which has ruled the small South American country since 1992, came in more than 5,000 votes behind A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) in Monday’s vote, chief elections officer Keith Lowenfield said. If the result is confirmed, the APNU+AFC will have a one-seat majority in the 65-member National Assembly, and its presidential candidate, retired army commander David Granger, will unseat Ramotar after four years in office.

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