According to ehistorylib, in 2005, Guyana had a population of approximately 775,000 people, composed of mainly Afro-Guyanese and Indo-Guyanese nationals. The main language spoken was English, with other regional languages having official status in certain areas. The economy in 2005 was largely based on agriculture and services, with a strong emphasis on exports. Foreign trade was an important part of the economy and Guyana had strong ties to its Caribbean neighbors as well as other countries around the world. Foreign relations in 2005 were mostly positive with the country having diplomatic ties to most countries around the world. Politically, Guyana was a republic under President Bharrat Jagdeo who had been in power since 1999 following elections which saw his People’s Progressive Party win a majority of votes. In 2005 there were multiple political parties operating in the country including both left-wing and right-wing parties as well as a free press which helped to ensure press freedom.
Guyana. According to countryaah, Georgetown is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Guyana. Former Minister of the Interior Ronald Gajraj resigned his post of minister on April 11, after temporarily leaving it because of allegations of involvement in the murder of George Bacchus in June 2004. However, he resigned just a month later. While a government commission investigating the case found that the evidence against Gajraj was flawed, the US government and the Inter-American Development Bank IDB threatened with suspended assistance if he continued his tenure.
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Guyana suffered severe flooding in January as a result of the worst tropical rainfall of 117 years. Five people were killed and nearly 400,000, or as many as 40% of the country’s total population, were affected.