- Desmond Hoyte
Hugh Desmond Hoyte 4th President of Guyana In office
6 August 1985 – 9 October 1992
Prime Minister Hamilton Green Preceded by Forbes Burnham Succeeded by Cheddi Jagan 3rd Prime Minister of Guyana In office
16 August 1984 – 6 August 1985
President Forbes Burnham Preceded by Ptolemy Reid Succeeded by Hamilton Green Personal details Born 9 March 1929
Died 22 December 2002(aged 73)
Political party People's National Congress
Hugh Desmond Hoyte (March 9, 1929 – December 22, 2002) was a Guyanese politician. He served as Prime Minister of Guyana from 1984 to 1985 and President of Guyana from 1985 until 1992. He was born in Guyana's capital, Georgetown. He entered Parliament as a member of the People's National Congress in 1968 and soon began serving in the cabinet.
He was home affairs minister from 1969 to 1970, finance minister from 1970 to 1972, works and communications minister from 1972 to 1974, and economic development minister in 1974 to 1980. Hoyte concentrated on economic affairs during his political career. Hoyte’s brilliance was not just seen politically. As an influential role model, he demonstrated how to handle his duties during adversity. With obligation to family and his country, Desmond Hoyte masterfully navigated a personal and emotional minefield in May 1985. His entire family, traveling in advance to hear him deliver the May Day address in the town of Linden, was dealt a fatal blow on the evening of April 30, 1985 . Their vehicle crashed, killing his only two children: Amanda and Maxine, his sister-in-law and his driver. Only his wife, Joyce, survived. Fraught with grief and tragedy, Desmond Hoyte always continued to skillfully lead his countrymen. He simultaneously mustered the strength to discharge his ministerial duty, and went on to deliver the May Day address the next day after the loss of his love ones. Guyanese remembered listening to the live broadcast on the radio, describing it as an inspiring, yet somber speech which gushed from his mountain of anguish and deep affliction.
Following the December 1980 election he became one of five vice-presidents, with responsibility for economic planning, finance, and regional development, becoming a close associate of the President of Guyana and PNC leader Forbes Burnham.
In August 1984 he was made first vice-president and prime minister. President Burnham died suddenly on August 6, 1985, and Hoyte became President at a time when Guyana was undergoing prolonged economic and social problems.
Shortly before Burnham's death, he and other members of the PNC had embarked on talks with the opposition People's Progressive Party attempting to achieve a national unity formula to deal with the country's problems. Hoyte announced his willingness to continue the dialogue, but also announced that a general election would be held on December 9. Responding to criticisms of previous elections as fraudulent, he agreed to certain reforms. Nonetheless, conduct of the election, which returned the PNC to power with an increased majority, was widely criticized for irregularities, and Hoyte's chances of achieving a national reconciliation were thereby diminished.
Hoyte was also foreign minister from 1990 until 1992. The October 1992 election was won by the People's Progressive Party, led by Cheddi Jagan; Hoyte conceded defeat. Hoyte remained leader of the PNC until his death.
He also was the PNC candidate in the presidential elections of 1996 and 2001. He received second place both times (40.6% in 1996 and 41.7% in 2001). The PNC never regained the power that it had under the Burnham administration and his own administration. He died in Georgetown, Guyana.
Political offices Preceded by
President of Guyana
1985 – 1992
Prime Minister of Guyana
1984 – 1985
Leader of the People's National Congress
1985 - 2003
Presidents of Guyana Heads of government of Guyana
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