Eines der Hauptthemen im Wahlkampf war die Auseinandersetzung um einen von der Regierung im Jahr 2016 unterzeichneten Vertrag mit dem US-amerikanischen Ölkonzern Exxon Mobil.
One lawmaker defected from Granger’s APNU-AFC coalition, which had a one-seat majority, and sided with an opposition-led motion to cut short his term that would have ended in 2020. The Guyanese parliament had never before called a no-confidence vote.
Exxon Mobil was awarded, together with Qatar Petroleum the exploration licence in block 10 of Cyprus’ EEZ.
In 2015, the oil company Exxon Mobil found an oil field in the disputed area, which restarted the territorial conflict.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro made an initial request for a U.N. Good Offices mediation in July 2015 after Guyana began exploratory measures to extract oil in the disputed Esequibo territory.