Jul 14, 2020

Suriname election: Convicted murderer Dési Bouterse is replaced by ex-police chief

The move comes after Mr Santokhi's party won the largest share of votes in legislative elections in May. Mr Santokhi, a former police chief, will replace outgoing president Dési Bouterse, who was found guilty of murder in 2019. Bouterse, 74, has long influenced politics in Suriname. A trial started that same year and three judges concluded 12 years later, in November 2019, that Bouterse was guilty of murder and should serve 20 years in jail. In 1999, a court in the Netherlands found Bouterse guilty of smuggling more than a thousand pounds of cocaine and sentenced him in absentia to 11 years in prison. Bouterse himself referred to the challenges ahead for Mr Santokhi when he said on Monday that "Out of experience, I can tell you it won't be an easy job".

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