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Weekly Report - 21 May 2020 (WR-20-20)

Guyana-Suriname elections shrouded in controversy

Suriname will stage general elections on 25 May with President Dési Bouterse the marginal favourite to extend his term in office in spite of facing three serious challenges, any one of which would hobble the chances of an ordinary incumbent seeking to retain power. The result could take a while to confirm. Suriname’s elections are indirect: a two-thirds majority in the 51-seat national assembly is needed to elect the president, which could require the forging of cross-party alliances. But it should all be resolved faster than in neighbouring Guyana where there is still no official result, two-and-a-half months after general elections were held, although a recount is underway.

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