Guyana Goldfields Inc. acquisition of Aranka Gold Inc. receives shareholder approval



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    TORONTO, Jan. 23 /CNW/ - Guyana Goldfields Inc. ("Guyana") (TSX: GUY) and
Aranka Gold Inc. ("Aranka") (TSX-V: ARK) are pleased to announce today that
the acquisition of Aranka by Guyana by way of a plan of arrangement (the
"Arrangement") under the Business Corporations Act (Ontario) has been approved
by approximately 95% of the votes cast by Aranka's shareholders at the special
meeting of Aranka's shareholders and by a majority of the minority
shareholders. Subject to the satisfaction or waiver of all other conditions to
closing, including the approval of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice
(Commercial List), Guyana and Aranka expect the Arrangement to be effective on
or about January 28, 2009.
    Upon the Arrangement becoming effective, Aranka shareholders will receive
common shares of Guyana and will hold approximately 13% of the outstanding
shares of Guyana.
    At Aranka's request, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of
Canada halted trading in the common shares of Aranka prior to the opening of
the market today and trading in the common shares will remain halted until the
acquisition has been completed and the common shares are delisted from the TSX
Venture Exchange, which is expected to occur on January 28, 2009.

    About Guyana

    Guyana is a Canadian based mineral exploration company primarily focused
on the exploration and development of gold deposits in the Guiana Shield of
South America. The Guiana Shield is in the northern part of the Amazon Craton
and covers parts of Guyana, Venezuela, Suriname, French Guyana and northern
Brazil. Guyana holds advanced exploration projects in various stages of
development and has been operating in Guyana continuously since 1996. As at
the date hereof, Guyana has approximately $13.8 million in cash and short-term
bank guaranteed investment certificates and no debt.

    About Aranka

    Aranka is a junior exploration company focusing on early stage gold
exploration in the Guiana Shield. The company also holds silver assets,
including the former Langis Silver mine in the Cobalt Camp, Ontario, Canada.
As at the date hereof, Aranka has approximately $5.6 million in cash and
short-term bank guaranteed investment certificates and no debt.

    
    The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept
    responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
    

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For further information:

For further information: Guyana Goldfields Inc. and Aranka Gold Inc., J.
Patrick Sheridan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tel: (416) 628-5936,
Fax: (416) 628-5935, E-mail: psheridan@guygold.com


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