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Suriname

Yearbook 2000

Suriname. As a result of last year's economic collapse and mounting criticism of President Jules Wijdenbosch, a new election was held for Parliament on May 25. According to COUNTRYAAH, the election was a huge success for the opposition Four-party Alliance New Front, led by former President Runaldo Ronald Venetiaan, who won 33 of 51 seats in the National Assembly, three times as many as the former dictator Desi Bouterses Millennium Combinatie. On August 12, Venetiaan assumed the post of Prime Minister.

As a first regional test of the so-called Pinochet precedent, the Netherlands Prosecutor in January brought charges against Bouterse for torture during his time as dictator in the 1980s.

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