SEVERAL Guyanese living in St. Kitts and Nevis on Sunday celebrated the victory of the APNU+AFC coalition at the recent polls and the swearing-in of coalition leader David Granger as the 8th Executive President of Guyana.The West Indies News Network (WINN) said the celebration, held at Manhattan Gardens Restaurant in Lime Kiln, was attended by Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris, Government Minister and Member of Parliament Ian Liburd and the Prime Minister’s Press Secretary, Clecton Phillip.
The St. Kitts and Nevis-based Guyanese told WINN they are confident the new President will build a better Guyana for all Guyanese.
Amidst a large gathering of jubilant supporters, many decked in the traditional APNU+AFC colours of green and yellow, Mr. Granger was sworn in as Guyana’s 8th Executive President last Saturday.
The other Executive Presidents to serve Guyana are Messrs Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham and Hugh Desmond Hoyte from the People’s National Congress (PNC) party; and Dr. Cheddi Jagan, Mrs. Janet Jagan, and Messrs Samuel Hinds, Bharrat Jagdeo and Donald Ramotar from the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C).
President Granger, after taking the Oath of Office, struck a stately posture and, looking directly into the crowd outside the Parliament Buildings, told the large gathering that he would be a President for all Guyanese; his assertion drawing rapturous applause.
APNU+AFC supporters across the country erupted in celebration last Wednesday when data from the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) showed that the APNU+AFC Alliance was in the lead in the 2015 General and Regional Elections. On Saturday, they travelled from near and far to witness the swearing-in of their beloved leader in a joyous occasion that almost moved some to tears as President Granger spoke about the campaign trail and the need for national healing, while extending a hand of friendship to outgoing President Donald Ramotar and the PPP/C and an invitation to join the movement towards national unity in building a better Guyana.
The swearing-in was also attended by senior members of the business and religious communities, the diplomatic corps, and leaders of the APNU+AFC coalition.