Guyanan army, police take to streets to quell demonstrations
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) -- Army soldiers and riot police fired shots into
the air on Monday, trying to chase away angry mobs demonstrating against the
governing party's recent election victory.
The demonstrations prompted stores and schools to close early. Chief Justice
Desiree Bernard also decided to end hearings for the day into an opposition
action filed against the Guyana Elections Commission challenging the March 19
The elections gave incumbent Bharrat Jagdeo's People's Progressive Party
third, five-year term. Guyana's main opposition party has argued that results
were wrong because many opposition supporters were kept from voting and the
official tally did not match unofficial results.
The elections have aggravated tensions between descendants of indentured
laborers from India -- who mostly back the ruling party _ and Afro-Guyanese
who support the opposition People's National Congress.
The country's election commission canceled a swearing-in ceremony for Jagdeo
that had been scheduled for Friday afternoon so that the court could deliberate
on the opposition challenge. The hearings will continue Tuesday.
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