Suriname elects former dictator

July 23, 2010, midnight

Members of Parliament on Monday elected former military dictator and convicted drug smuggler Desi BOUTERSE as President of Suriname. BOUTERSE faces arrest in the Netherlands for drug charges and prosecution in Suriname for the execution of fifteen opponents during his military rule. BOUTERSE's Mega Combination coalition won the most seats in parliamentary elections in May, but it was unable to secure the two-thirds majority necessary to elect a President. During the vote in Parliament, however, BOUTERSE received support from the A Combinatie and the People's Alliance.

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