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September-02-97

Janet Jagan May Become Guyana's First Female Head of State

Janet Jagan, widow of Guyanese President Cheddi Jagan, accepted the People's Progressive Party's presidential nomination on Sunday, August 31st. If elected, Jagan will be the first female head of state in Guyana. A Chicagoan and Jewish-American nurse, Jagan would also be Guyana's first foreign-born elected leader.

Jagan has served in Guyana's highest post of prime minister since her husband's death in March of 1996 and has also served as health minister. Her husband's deputy, Sam Hinds has been president since Cheddi Jagan's passing and will be Janet Jagan's running mate in the coming election.

Media Resources: The New York Times - September 2, 1997