This Act prescribes that title to land may be acquired by sole and undisturbed possession, user or enjoyment for thirty years. Provided that in the case of State land or Government land such title may be acquired by sole and undisturbed possession, user or enjoyment for not less than twelve years (sect. 3). It further contains, inter alia, declaration of title, limitation of actions, accrual of right of action.
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Originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century, by 1815 Guyana had become a British possession. The abolition of slavery led to settlement of urban areas by former slaves and the importation of indentured servants from India to work the sugar plantations. The resulting ethnocultural divide has persisted and has led to turbulent politics. Guyana achieved independence from the UK in 1966, and since then it has been ruled mostly by socialist-oriented governments. In 1992, Cheddi JAGAN was elected president in what is considered the country's first free and fair election since independence.
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