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Janet Jagan dies at 88; Chicago nursing student became president of Guyana

Janet Jagan, a Chicago nursing student who became Guyana's first white and first female president decades after immigrating to the region, died Saturday. She was 88. Jagan died at the country's state-run Georgetown Public Hospital of an abdominal aneurysm, according to government officials. In 1963, Time magazine called her "the most controversial woman in South American politics since Eva Peron," partly because she was a "strident Marxist" who many believed was the "brains and backbone" behind her husband's leftist government. Her husband, Cheddi Jagan, a Guyanese descendant of Indian immigrant sugar-plantation workers, was premier of what was...

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