A Time to Celebrate

Well, the elections are behind us. After an interesting week, the votes have been counted and for the first time since 1992, a new party will be running the government. I can’t say I know much about what goes on here politically, but I’m happy with the result of the election. I think a great many things need to change in Guyana and I have hope that APNU+AFC has what it takes to get the job done. Yesterday afternoon, I was wandering the Stabroek Market, THE market in Georgetown, and people were all excited about the changes happening in Guyana. It was, really, the first day that people were coming out from the safety of their homes to celebrate. Around the corner from the market, near the Parliament building, we heard the roars from the crowd celebrating as David Granger was sworn in as the new president. We wandered over to the sea of green–accented by the shirts and flags people were wearing and holding. We couldn’t see much, but we got the feel for the excitement. This is the first time in over twenty years that these people can celebrate a win! Credit is being given to the youth of the country for voting for change and not necessarily along racial lines. Here we are in 2015, but at least the time has arrived. Vote for who will do the best for the country, not for whatever their skin color is!  A few hours later, a large crowd/inpromptu parade passed by our house as the celebration moved from the Parliament building to the stronghold in the neighborhood next to ours. I ran outside to get a few pictures of the happiness. I couldn’t help but smile. Everyone just seems so, so happy this weekend. The “It Is Time” slogan worked. The time is now… DSCN4328   DSCN4332 DSCN4333 DSCN4334 DSCN4335 DSCN4336 DSCN4337 DSCN4338 DSCN4339 DSCN4338 DSCN4342 Green shirts and flags and smiles are everywhere this weekend. This may give you a better sense of how cool it is to have someone new running the government of this little country: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/15/guyana-opposition-wins-election-in-first-change-of-government-for-23-years

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