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OBITUARIES : Passings / Arthur Raymond Chung

Guyana's first socialist leader

June 25, 2008|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Arthur Raymond Chung, 90, who helped usher in a socialist government as the first president of the South American Republic of Guyana, died Monday in the capital of Georgetown after an undisclosed illness, a government statement said.

Chung was appointed ceremonial head of state in 1970 when the Republic of Guyana, formerly British Guinea, ended its association with Britain.

A former high court judge, Chung served as president in Prime Minister Forbes Burnham's administration until 1980, when Guyana's constitution was changed to make the top political post into an executive job.

Chung, of Chinese ancestry, was born in Guyana in 1918.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Thursday, June 26, 2008 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 36 words Type of Material: Correction
Chung obituary: The obituary of Arthur Raymond Chung, the first president of the republic of Guyana, in Wednesday's California section incorrectly reported that the nation previously had been known as British Guinea. It was British Guiana.

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