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December 12, 1985

Guyana's President Desmond Hoyte declared an "obviously overwhelming" election victory and rejected opposition charges of vote fraud by his party, which has controlled the government for 21 years. Official complete returns from districts representing 95% of the voters in the South American country gave Hoyte's socialist People's National Congress more than 76% of the votes cast, about five times more than the nearest challenger. Two of the opposition parties boycotted the vote-counting, contending that the lives of their representatives would be in danger.

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