WEEKLY SUMMARY -- GUYANA: ELECTION WARM-UP

Created: 3/9/1973

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DIRECTORATE OF INTELLIGENCE

WEEKLY SUMMARY

GUYANA: ELECTION WARM-UP

Prima Minister Forbes Burnhamn engagingariety of domestic and lnt*rna-tlonal moves with an tya to tha national al act ion that probably will ba held in June.

Onabruary. Burnham gava Guyaneseeak-long vacation to celebrate the third anniversary of the- republic and Incidentally hish birthday. Th* official festivities were replete with expressions of praita for the prime minister and his programs. Burnhamissued lofty calls for racial brotherhood,

Two other announcements dealt with Issues long exploited by Oheddl Jagan. Burnhem'i only real political opponent. Local rice farmers were assured that they will be getting more forcrops because the government had succeeded in negotiating better prices abroad. That prospect of new public housing, to be built by theoncres of undersugar land, was dangled before th* homeless poor who recently tried to squat on acreage belonging to private companies.

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On the internationalBurnham.udden about-face, has agreed to allow th* tomalt embassy In Georgetown.

I'kely to be further haggling between Moscow and Georgetown over the precis* teems of Ih* new relationship, and In anyoviet mission will not set up shop until sometime after Guyana's elections.

may alsoa resS minionounterpoise to the apparen ing influence of th*

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