Robert Herman Orlando Corbin
Former Leader of the Opposition of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana
Robert Herman Orlando Corbin is a Guyanese politician who was the leader of the opposition People's National Congress (PNC) between 2003 and 2012.
Early life and education
Robert Corbin, was born in the mining Town of Linden on 15 February 1948. Corbin worked for the Youth Ministry of the Presbyterian Church before being educated in social work and law at the University of Guyana and the Hugh Wooding Law School. He holds the Diploma in Social Work, (Dip. S W); the Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B); and the Legal Education Certificate, (L.E.C), of the Caribbean Council of Legal Education.
As a social worker, Mr. Corbin worked in many hinterland and rural communities of Guyana promoting social and economic development. From 1966 to 1977 he was widely recognized as a youth leader skilled in organising, mobilizing and training young people for nation building. During this period, he held positions of Executive member, General Secretary and later National Chairman of the Young Socialist Movement, the Youth Arm of the Peoples National Congress.
Corbin, who was first elected to the National Assembly of Guyana in 1973, became one of the leading lights in the PNC, serving the party as Senior Vice Chairman and General Secretary as well as holding a number of government ministries, including the office of Deputy Prime Minister from 1985 to 1992. Elected PNC chairman in 2000, in December 2002 became acting party leader following the death of Desmond Hoyte. In February 2003 he was officially chosen to lead the PNC.
A disappointing defeat for the PNC in the 2006 legislative elections saw Corbin's leadership come under scrutiny, although ultimately his two prospective challengers withdrew before a contest could be organised and his leadership was affirmed. In July 2012 Corbin was succeeded as party leader by David Arthur Granger.
Corbin, who is married with five grown-up children, continues to practice as an attorney-at-law. He is also the younger brother of singer and actor Sol Raye.
He has always been a keen sportsman and was active in athletics, swimming and other games. He still finds time to keep fit by playing squash. Among his hobbies are boating, hunting and horseback riding.