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Ex-leader of Guyana charged with inciting racial hatred.

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — A former president of Guyana has been released on bail after being charged with inciting racial hatred.

Bharrat Jagdeo was not required to enter a plea at the Monday court hearing before a magistrate in the south-eastern Berbice region of the South American country. He led Guyana from 1999 to 2011.

The accusations against Jagdeo are linked to comments he allegedly made during campaigning for the party he once led ahead of May 11 general elections.

He allegedly said Afro-Guyanese opposition activists were “beating drums” while urging citizens to throw out “coolie” members of the People’s Progressive Party dominated by people of Indian descent.

A multi-ethnic coalition defeated the People’s Progressive Party in the vote earlier this month.

Guyana is made up mainly of people of Indian and African descent.

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