Hoyte, Desmond

Hoyte, Desmond

(Hugh Desmond Hoyte), 1929–2002, Guyanese political leader. A member of the People's National Congress, Hoyte was first elected to the National Assembly in 1968 and held several ministerial posts before becoming a vice president (1980) and prime minister (1984). Following President Forbes BurnhamBurnham, Forbes,
1923–85, prime minister (1964–80) and president (1980–85) of Guyana, formerly British Guiana. His full name was Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham. Of African descent, he received a law degree (1947) from the Univ. of London.
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 death (1985), Hoyte succeeded him as president and served until 1992. In office, Hoyte dismantled some of Burnham's socialist programs and encouraged private investment, helping to revitalize the sugar industry and developing gold and bauxite mining, and introduced electoral reforms. In opposition after 1992, he was a outspoken critic of the Cheddi JaganJagan, Cheddi
, 1918–97, prime minister of British Guiana (1961–64) and president (1992–97) of independent Guyana. Of South Asian descent, he was trained at Northwestern Univ., Chicago, Ill. as a dentist.
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 and Jagan's People's Progressive party successors in the presidency.
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