Janet Jagan dies aged 88

March 28th, 2009 - 3:25 pm ICT by admin  

Chicago-born Janet Jagan, who became the first white and first female president of Guyana, has died aged 88.

As per authorities, Rosenberg-Jagan died of an abdominal aneurism, just over five hours after she was admitted to hospital complaining of severe abdominal pains.

Janet Rosalie Jagan (née Rosenberg) was a former President of Guyana, serving from December 19, 1997 to August 11, 1999, and previously served as Prime Minister from March, 17, 1997 to December 19, 1997.

She was born to a Jewish, middle-class family in Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. In December 1942, while working as a student nurse at Cook County Hospital, she met Cheddi Jagan, an Indo-Guyanese dentistry student at Northwestern University. They married on August 5, 1943, and she moved with him to Guyana in December 1943; in Guyana, she took part in labour activism along with her husband and joined the British Guiana Labour Union. She also worked in her husband’s dental clinic as a nurse for 10 years. In 1946, she founded the Women’s Political and Economic Organisation and co-founded the Political Affairs Committee

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