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Guyana president wins re-election
Guyana President Bharrat Jagdeo after casting his ballot in the general election on Monday
Mr Jagdeo campaigned on crime and government services
Guyana's President Bharrat Jagdeo has won another five-year term in office following a general election on Monday, say electoral authorities.

Final results give Mr Jagdeo's People's Progressive Party (PPP) 54.6% of the vote, followed by the rival People's National Congress (PNC) on 34%.

The PPP also increased its parliamentary representation by two seats to 36 seats out of 65.

President Jagdeo has promised to fight crime and improve government services.

Correspondents say the Guyanese have generally voted along ethnic lines: President Jagdeo got most support from descendants of migrants from the Indian subcontinent, while his PNC challenger, Robert Corbin, was strongly backed by people of African descent.

A new party, the Alliance for Change - which called on the people not to vote along racial lines - took 8.1% of the vote, winning five seats in parliament.

About 65% of the country's 492,000 eligible voters turned out to vote, said the chief elections officer.

'Fair and square'

Correspondents say crime, the growing problem of drugs trafficking and the economy were the main issues during the campaign in the impoverished country sandwiched between Venezuela and Surinam.

"We campaigned fair and square and it's reflected in the size of the victory," said President Jagdeo, according to Associated Press.

"It's important to know that we won a seat in every geographical constituency in the country, and this says a lot for our policies over the last five years."

The poll was originally scheduled for the first week of August, but had to be postponed as election officials requested more time to prepare.


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