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The challenge of change underscored as PNC remembers Desmond Hoyte

Desmond Hoyteโ€™s emphases on ideological and political change were not misplaced says Leader of the Peopleโ€™s National Congress, Former President David Granger. He was speaking at a memorial event for the late President, Prime Minister and former Leader of the Opposition on Tuesday morning. Hoyte who died 18 years ago was described as a champion of change, โ€œHe understood the inevitability of change, as the Founder-Leader did a generation earlier,โ€ Granger said in his address on Tuesday morning, โ€œnot as an instrument of self-enrichment or self-aggrandisement but of the Partyโ€™s progress and the peopleโ€™s happiness,โ€ the party leader said.

Granger said that the party has always geared itself for change, as he said this was rooted in Forbes Burnhamโ€™s concern about the changing conditions in the country and the partyโ€™s response to those challenges. The Founder-Leader of the Party appointed Hoyte as series of port folios, Granger explained, to aid the partyโ€™s transition from one in opposition to one in government, as the party required a change in leadership and a leader with the quality of โ€œintellectual integrityโ€ he said.

Desmond Hoyte was appointed to the key portfolios of Minister of Home Affairs, 1969-1970; Minister of Finance, 1970-1972 and Minister of Works and Communications, 1972-1974. His appointments focused on the economy as Minister of Economic Development. In 1974-1980 he was Vice-President for Economic Planning and Finance after the 1980 general elections; he was re-designated Vice-President, Production in 1983, Granger said.

Hoyte was later appointed Prime Minister in 1984 after Dr Ptolemy Reidโ€™s resignation. He succeeded Burnham as President following his passing and was elected as President following the 1985 elections.