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The struggle for power

To an extent, Guyana’s poor governance is a reflection of its heavily contested politics. Like Trinidad & Tobago, which with a score of 41 out of 100 is only just ahead of Guyana with its score of 37, Guyana has a society that is divided between those of East Indian origins and those of African origins. In Trinidad & Tobago, according to the 2011 census, the population is made up of 37.6% people of East Indian origin, 36.3% of African origin, and 24.2% mixed race. Those of Indian origin traditionally support the opposition United National Congress (UNC), with those of African origin mostly supporting the ruling People’s National Movement (PNM).

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