Igniting Guyana’s Long-Awaited Constitutional Reform

By Desmond Thomas

A reform initiative may help to end historic polarization exacerbated by a booming oil industry as the 2025 election looms.

GEORGETOWN — A longstanding, deeply-rooted demand from Guyana’s civil society got a boost recently when President Irfaan Ali swore in the Constitution Reform Commission. This 21-member group will now review the country’s charter and legal foundation, including a crucial assessment of the electoral system. It’s a daunting task for any society—and one made more pressing and sensitive by Guyana’s ethnic-based political polarization. But paradoxically, despite broad agreement that reforming Guyana’s constitution is necessary to resolve the country’s political dilemmas and...

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