GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Guyana's ruling party has chosen the country's embattled national security minister as its new general secretary.

Clement Rohee was elected to the position with the People's Progressive Party after it was vacated by the president of the South American country, Donald Ramotar, who quit citing work conflicts.

Rohee was appointed to the party post late Monday even as opposition legislators demanded that he be fired as national security minister following a July 2012 protest in which police fatally shot three people and injured 20 others.

An opposition-controlled Parliament approved a no-confidence motion against Rohee earlier this year.

Rohee has been a Cabinet member for 20 years, and Ramotar has defended him as one of his best ministers.