This Act provides that the Minister may appoint an officer to partition and re-allot of areas described in the Schedule. The powers of such person are the same as officers appointed under District Lands Partition and Re-allotment Act, being the principal Act. The Minister may under certain conditions change the Schedule to this Act. (4 sections)
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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.