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Profile: Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham

 
  

Positions that Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham has held:

  • Prime Ministerof Guyuna (1964-1980)
  • President of Guyuna (1980-1985)


 

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Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham actively participated in the following events:

 
  

1964-1985      Guyana

       For the next 20 years the country is governed by Forbes Burnham, who is later described by Kennedy's special assistant Arthur Schlesinger in his book, A Thousand Days, as “an opportunist, racist and demagogue intent only on personal power.” He holds power through force and fraud until his death in 1985 and runs up a foreign debt totaling over $2 billion during this time—an amount representing over five times the country's GDP. [New York Times, 10/30/1994; CJ Research Center, 1999] Burnham's two decades of rule is marked by questionable elections; suppression of human rights, civil liberties, and union activities; corruption and economic stagnation. During this time there are two major political assassinations. Jesuit priest and journalist Bernard Darke is killed in July 1979 and the distinguished historian and Working People's Alliance (WPA) party leader Walter Rodney is murdered in June 1980. President Burnham is widely believed to have had a hand in the killings. [GlobalEdge website, n.d.]
People and organizations involved: Walter Rodney, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Bernard Darke, Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham
          

December 7, 1964      Guyana

       Elections are held and the Progressive People's Party (PPP) gains 46 percent of the vote, while the People's National Congress (PNC) receives 41 percent and the conservative United Force (TUF) ends up with 12 percent. But the TUF gives its votes in the legislature to the PNC and consequently PNC candidate Forbes Burnham becomes the prime minister. [New York Times, 10/30/1994; Workers World, 4/3/1997]
People and organizations involved: Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham
          

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