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Happy 72nd Birthday to David A. Granger President of Guyana born July 15, 1945

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Brigadier David Arthur Granger (born 15 July 1945) is a Guyanese politician and retired military officer who has been President of Guyana since 2015. He served for a time as Commander of the Guyana Defence Force and subsequently as National Security Adviser from 1990 to 1992. He was Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly of Guyana from 2012 to 2015.

Granger stood as the opposition coalition’s presidential candidate in the November 2011 general election, but was defeated. He was elected as President in the May 2015 general election.

Career[edit]

Born in Georgetown, David Granger attended Queen’s College, Guyana’s elite and prestigious school, like the former Presidents Forbes Burnham, Cheddi Jagan, Samuel Hinds, Hamilton Green and scholars like Walter Rodney and Rupert Roopnaraine. After leaving Queen’s College, where he was a member of the Queen’s College Cadet Corps, Granger joined the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) as an officer cadet in 1965, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1966. He received his professional military training at the Army Command and Staff College in Nigeria; the Jungle Warfare Instruction Centre in Brazil; and the School of Infantry and the Mons Officer Cadet School, respectively, in the United Kingdom.

He trained in Britain, then Brazil, then Nigeria, and eventually became commander of the Guyana Defence Force in 1979; he was promoted to the rank of brigadier. Granger was appointed as National Security Advisor to the President in 1990[1] and retired from the military service in 1992.[2]

Granger founded the Guyana Review news magazine in 1992 and served as its Managing Editor. He has researched and published on military, historical and media themes, and is also the author of Guyana’s state media: the quest for control, and A Preliminary Study of Women Soldiers in the Anglophone Caribbean. David A. Granger spent the 1995–1996 academic year as a Hubert H. Humphrey/Fulbright Fellow at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park.[citation needed]

In 2010, he made a successful bid to be elected as the presidential candidate of the People’s National Congress–Reform for the November 2011 general election.[3][4] Standing as the opposition coalition’s presidential candidate, Granger was defeated by Donald Ramotar. He was unanimously elected as Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly on 16 January 2012.[5]

Granger stood again as the presidential candidate of the opposition coalition, APNUAFC, in the 11 May 2015 general election. The coalition secured the majority of votes, and Granger was sworn in as President of Guyana on 16 May 2015.[6]

Education[edit]

Granger attended Queen’s College, before he pursued his tertiary education. He is a graduate of the University of Guyana, where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees; the University of the West Indies, where he received his post-graduate Diploma in International Relations; and the University of Maryland, where he was a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow.[citation needed]

He also attended the Urban Policy Development Workshop at the University of California, Los Angeles; the Defense Planning and Resource Management course at the National Defense University, Washington DC; and the Counter-Terrorism Educators’ Workshop at the Joint Special Operations, University, Florida, USA.[citation needed]

Commander[edit]

Granger was Commander of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and National Security Adviser to President Hoyte. He received his military training at the Mons Officer Cadet School, and the School of Infantry in the United Kingdom; the Jungle Warfare Instruction Centre in Brazil, and the Army Command and Staff College in Nigeria. He was a member of several defence and security agencies. He held the chairmanship of the Central Intelligence Committee; co-chairmanship of the Border and National Security Committee; and was a member of the Guyana Defence Board, National Drug Law Enforcement Committee, and the Disciplined Forces Commission. David Granger has served in several public organisations.[citation needed]

Academic/Historian[edit]

He was elected to the presidencies of the History Society, the Guyana Heritage Society, the University of Guyana Guild of Graduates; and the Guyana Chess Federation. He was also a member of the University of Guyana Council, Association of Caribbean Historians, Caribbean Studies Association, Guyana Press Association, Guyana Book Foundation, and is currently a member of the Guyana Legion and the Board of Trustees of the Guyana Veterans Foundation.[citation needed]

Author[edit]

Granger has written extensively on national defence and public security issues. He is the author of National Defence: A Brief History of the Guyana Defence Force, 1965 – 2005; Public Security: Criminal Violence and Policing in Guyana; and Public Policy: The Crisis of Governance in Guyana.[citation needed]

He has also written several monographs, including Five Thousand Day War: The Struggle for Haiti’s Independence, 1789 – 1804; The British Guiana Volunteer Force, 1948 – 1966; The Guyana National Service, 1974 – 2000; The Guyana People’s Militia, 1976 – 1997; The Queen’s College Cadet Corps, 1889 – 1975; Guyana’s Coinage, 1808 – 2008; The Era of Enslavement, 1638 – 1838; and The Village Movement, 1839 – 1889.[citation needed]

He was co-editor, with Winston McGowan and James Rose, of Themes in African–Guyanese History, and was publisher of the Guyana Review and Emancipation magazines.[citation needed]

Awards[edit]

David Granger with President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff in 2015.

Granger has received various academic awards, including the President’s Medal for the best graduating student; Dennis Irvine Prize for the student who has made the greatest contribution to all cultural life of the University; Council of the University Prize; Elsa Goveia Medal of Excellence; Guy de Weever History Prize; Earl Attlee History Prize; Mary Noel Menezes Award for History; Department of History Prize and others, from the University of Guyana.[citation needed]

He also holds three national awards: the Military Efficiency Medal (1976), the Military Service Medal (1981), and the Military Service Star (1985) for distinguished military service.Furthure more he has an award for adding 14%VAT(value added tax) on everything.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Granger is married to Sandra (née Chan-A-Sue) and has two daughters.

 

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