Guyana. According to Countryaah official site, presidential elections were held on November 28, all indicating that it was won by Donald Ramotar for the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) government with just under 50% of cast votes over David Granger from A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) with just under 40%. But the announcement of the election results was delayed, prompting suspicion of manipulation of the voting process by the ruling party. Despite accusations of cheating, the election campaign was still judged by observers from the American cooperative organization OAS to have been well-administered, and the election day was calm. In addition, PPP/C was likely to benefit from the fact that the party’s government holdings so far have meant several years of remarkable economic growth – 3.4% in 2010. Ramotar’s victory meant a fifth consecutive term for PPP/ C.
In the second half of September, the issue of the Esequibo area of western Guiana again sprang up in relations with neighboring Venezuela. The Government of Guiana applied to a UN commission to extend its territorial water boundary to 350 nautical miles off the coast, which was considered by the Venezuelan Government as a provocation given that its historic requirements in the Esequibo area have not yet been settled. Guyana, in turn, claimed that the territorial water boundary had nothing to do with the Esequibo question. The UN Commission will not address this issue until 2012, and after a meeting in Trinidad between the two countries’ foreign ministers, tensions were dampened.