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Profile: Cheddi Jagan

 
  

Positions that Cheddi Jagan has held:

  • President of Guyana


 

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Cheddi Jagan actively participated in the following events:

 
  

April 24, 1953      US-Britain-Guyana (1953-1992)

       The Progressive People's Party (PPP) wins 18 of the 24 elected seats in the general elections in Guyana, a British colony in the Caribbean. Dr. Cheddi Jagan, an admirer of the works of Karl Marx, heads the new government. [New York Times, 10/30/1994; BBC, 1/14/2004]
People and organizations involved: Cheddi Jagan, Karl Marx
          

October 9, 1953      US-Britain-Guyana (1953-1992)

       British Prime Minister Winston Churchill sends troops into Guyana, suspends its constitution and orders its government dissolved four months after Dr. Cheddi Jagan of the leftist Progressive People's Party (PPP) is chosen to head the government (see April 24, 1953). [BBC, 1/14/2004; New York Times, 10/30/1994]
People and organizations involved: Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, Cheddi Jagan
          

August 1957      US-Britain-Guyana (1953-1992)

       Dr. Cheddi Jagan and his wife, Janet, are freed from jail after the British restore Guyana's constitutional government. General elections are held and the Progressive People's Party (PPP) wins 9 of the 14 seats. Jagan is appointed the Chief Minister. [New York Times, 10/30/1994; BBC, 1/14/2004]
People and organizations involved: Cheddi Jagan, Janet Jagan
          

October 25, 1961      US-Britain-Guyana (1953-1992)

       Guyana President Cheddi Jagan pays a visit to the White House, seeking financial aid and offering assurances that Guyana will not host a Soviet base. President Kennedy tells Jagan that the US is not concerned with his left-leaning politics. Kennedy says: “National independence. This is the basic thing. As long as you do that, we don't care whether you are socialist, capitalist, pragmatist or whatever. We regard ourselves as pragmatists.” Also in attendance at the meeting are the president's special assistant Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., and George Ball, the Assistant Secretary for Economic Affairs at the State Department. [Ishmael, n.d.; New York Times, 10/30/1994 Sources: Cheddi Jagan] Following Jagan's departure, US President John F. Kennedy will meet in secret with his top national security officers and issue a direct order to remove Dr. Jagan from power. [New York Times, 10/30/1994; CJ Research Center, 1999 Sources: Unnamed US Government officials familiar with the secret papers.] Sources will note that “Though many Presidents have ordered the CIA to undermine foreign leaders, they say, the Jagan papers are a rare smoking gun: a clear written record, without veiled words or plausible denials, of a President's command to depose a Prime Minister.” [New York Times, 10/30/1994]
People and organizations involved: Cheddi Jagan, Arthur M. Schlesinger, George Ball, John F. Kennedy
          

Early 1962      US-Britain-Guyana (1953-1992)

       US President John F. Kennedy denies accusations that the US is meddling in the affairs of Guyana. He states: “�the United States supports the idea that every people should have the right to make a free choice of the kind of government they want. Mr. Jagan who has recently elected Prime Minister in British Guiana, is a Marxist, but the United States doesn't object because that choice was made by honest election, which he won.” [CJ Research Center, 1999]
People and organizations involved: John F. Kennedy, Cheddi Jagan
          

October 9, 1992      US-Britain-Guyana (1953-1992)

       The first completely free parliamentary elections since independence (see May 26, 1966) are held and Cheddi Jagan is re-elected. [GlobalEdge website, n.d.; BBC, 1/14/2004]
People and organizations involved: Cheddi Jagan
          

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