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When Guyana was declared a republic in 1970, the president was elected by the National Assembly for a five-year term and possessed largely ceremonial powers. After a 1980 referendum, the constitution was amended to make the president chief executive officer. The leader of the majority party or coalition in the National Assembly automatically becomes president and holds office for the Assembly's duration, with a maximum term of five years.

Presidents of Guyana (1970-Present)

Name Term start Term end Political Party
Edward Luckhoo (acting) 23 February 1970 17 March 1970 Non-party
Arthur Chung 17 March 1970 6 October 1980 Non-party
Forbes Burnham 6 October 1980 6 August 1985 People's National Congress
Desmond Hoyte 6 August 1985 9 October 1992 People's National Congress
Cheddi Jagan 9 October 1992 6 March 1997 People's Progressive Party
Sam Hinds 6 March 1997 19 December 1997 People's Progressive Party
Janet Jagan 19 December 1997 11 August 1999 People's Progressive Party
Bharrat Jagdeo 11 August 1999 Present People's Progressive Party

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