The Interim Government, 1953-57
Following the suspension of the constitution, British Guiana
was governed by an interim administration consisting of small group
of conservative politicians, businessmen, and civil servants that
lasted until 1957. Order in the colonial government masked a
growing rift in the country's main political party as the personal
conflict between the PPP's Jagan and Burnham widened into a bitter
dispute. In 1955 Jagan and Burnham formed rival wings of the PPP.
Support for each leader was largely, but not totally, along ethnic
lines. J.B. Lachmansingh, a leading Indo- Guyanese and head of the
GIWU, supported Burnham, whereas Jagan retained the loyalty of a
number of leading Afro-African radicals, such as Sydney King.
Burnham's wing of the PPP moved to the right, leaving Jagan's wing
on the left, where he was regarded with considerable apprehension
by Western governments and the colony's conservative business
Data as of January 1992