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Forbes Burnham

Guyanese politician

Died when: 62 years 167 days (749 months)
Star Sign: Aquarius


Forbes Burnham

Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham (20 February 1923 – 6 August 1985) was a Guyanese politician and the leader of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana from 1964 until his death in 1985.

He served as Prime Minister from 1964 to 1980 and then as its first Executive President from 1980 to 1985.He is often regarded as a strongman who embraced his own version of communism.

Throughout his presidency, he encouraged Guyanese to produce and export more local goods, especially through the use of state-run corporations and agricultural cooperatives.

Despite being widely regarded as one of the principal architects of the postcolonial Guyanese state, his presidency was nonetheless marred by repeated accusations of Afro-supremacy, state-sanctioned violence, economic collapse, electoral fraud and corruption.

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