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UPDATED: 11:03, September 01, 2006
Guyanan President Jagdeo wins re-election
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The elections commission of Guyana announced late Thursday President Bharrat Jagdeo has won re-election, said reports from Georgetown, the capital of Guyana.

Jagdeo was re-elected for another five-year term, with his ruling People's Progressive Party garnering 54.6 percent of the votes in Monday's general elections, chief elections officer Gocool Bodhoo told a news conference.

Jagdeo's party also expanded its majority by two to 36 seats in the 65-member parliament.

Jagdeo, a 43-year-old ethnic Indian who has been in power since 1999 and educated as an economist in Russia, has promised better government services and a crackdown on crimes.

But Guyana remains poor and lacking investments. Besides economic instability and crimes -- mainly drug trafficking, the re-elected president would also have to face the challenge of persistent strife between the nation's two main ethnic groups: those descended from Africans, and those whose ancestors came from the Indian subcontinent.

Source: Xinhua

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