Dési Bouterse

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Dési Bouterse
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President of Suriname
Assumed office
12 August 2010
Vice President Robert Ameerali
Preceded by Ronald Venetiaan
Personal details
Born Desiré Delano Bouterse
13 October 1945 (1945-10-13) (age 72)
Domburg, Suriname
Political party National Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Ingrid Figueira
Religion Roman Catholicism

Desiré Delano "Dési" Bouterse[1] (born 13 October 1945) is a Surinamese politician who has been President of Suriname since 2010. From 1980 to 1987 he was Suriname's de facto leader when the country was under military rule.

On February 25, 1980, the government of Suriname underwent a military coup led by Bouterse. Though the Suriname Presidency was retained, Bouterse was the nation's ruler until his resignation in 1988.

Bouterse is held responsible for the numerous human rights violations committed under his dictatorship, such as the murder of 15 people known as the December murders, and the massacre in the village Moiwana.

On July 19, 2010, he was elected as President of Suriname with 36 of 50 parliament votes.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. According to the Statutes of the DNP written as Desiré. Ndp.sr (2004-04-24). Retrieved on 2012-01-08.
  2. Bouterse gekozen tot president Suriname – NRC.nl (Dutch)