GUYANA: Burnham Leans to the Left

As five huge fans whirled lazily overhead, the mace-bearing sergeant at arms stomped into Georgetown's 19th century House of Assembly to declare the presence of the Speaker of Guyana's Parliament. Opening last week's regular session on the eve of the former British colony's tenth anniversary of independence, the Speaker then interrupted a droning debate about a pension scheme, with a notable announcement: after a three-year boycott, the opposition People's Progressive Party, led by dedicated Marxist Cheddi Jagan, had agreed to take its seats in Parliament. The return of the opposition did...