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Moses Veerasammy Nagamootoo

Moses Nagamootoo

Moses Veerasammy Nagamootoo (Tamil: மோசசு வீரசாமி நாகமுத்து, Hindi: मोसस वीरास्वामि नागमुत्तु) is a Guyanese, politician and writer who has been Prime Minister of Guyana since 2015. He is of Tamil Indian ethnicity
The Honourable
Moses Veerasammy Nagamootoo
MP
மோசசு வீரசாமி நாகமுத்து
Moses Nagamootoo
 
Prime Minister of Guyana
Incumbent
Assumed office
20 May 2015
President David Granger
Preceded by Sam Hinds
Personal details
Born 30 November 1947 (age 69)
Whim, British Guiana, British West Indies, British Empire
Political party People’s Progressive Party (1964-2011)
Alliance for Change (2011-present)
Other political
affiliations
A Partnership for National
Unity
Spouse(s) Sita Nagamootoo

Life and career

Nagamootoo was born in the village of Whim, in the eastern County of Berbice, Guyana. He worked as a teacher and journalist, and later became a lawyer.

In a recent article (see guyanainc.biz in link) the Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo gave extensive bibliographic information about his upbringings. Notable is that after high school, he co-founded the De Edwards/Rosignal High School in the late 1960s. At that school he taught mainly Economics and British Constitution with great passion and enthusiasm, which were new subjects to the aspiring students in the West Coast Berbice, Guyana area. One of his students went on to major as a PhD. in economics and now teaches that subject at the University of California, Berkeley Extension, CA, USA.

Minister of Information and Minister of Local Government

He was elected to Parliament in 1992 as a People’s Progressive Party MP and subsequently served as Minister of Information and Minister of Local Government. Moses Nagamootoo remained in Cabinet under the presidencies of Cheddi Jagan, Samuel Hinds, Janet Jagan and Bharrat Jagdeo. He resigned as Minister in 2000 but remained an MP until 2011, when he resigned from the PPP, having first joined in 1964.

As a leader of the PPP, Nagamootoo received the fifth-highest number of votes (595) in the election to the PPP Central Committee at its 29th Congress on August 2, 2008.

Nagamootoo was rumoured to be a potential PPP candidate for President in 2011; however, he resigned from the party on October 24, 2011, citing the need for “more ideas and a new conversation about Guyana‘s economic and foreign policy future”. He joined the opposition Alliance For Change (AFC) in October 2011 and was re-elected to Parliament.

Following the opposition’s victory in the May 2015 general election, Nagamootoo was sworn in as Prime Minister and First Vice-President on 20 May 2015. Nagamootoo briefly took charge of presidential duties on 12 June 2015 while President David A. Granger was visiting the United States.

As a writer

Moses Nagamootoo is the author of the novel Hendree’s Cure (2001), which describes a world of Tamil fishermen who inhabited the Corentyne village of Whim in the 1950s and 1960s.

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