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The High Stakes of Guyana's Elections

Feb 28, 2020 | 10:00 GMT
This photo shows the Guyanese flag.

At stake in Guyana's national elections on March 2 will be control of the country's oil wealth that is only expected to grow over the decade.

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Rarely do a country's elections matter as much for its future political balance of power as the March 2 ballot will for Guyana. The national balloting comes just 11 days after Guyana exported its first cargo of oil abroad, marking the beginning of a significant economic windfall to come as the country becomes the world's latest to join the oil production club. In the coming years, an oil boom will make Guyana one of the wealthiest countries in South America. The winner of the national elections will then have the chance to cement its political legacy through the kinds of economic patronage that come with increased wealth for the government....

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