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Weekly Report - 27 August 2020 (WR-20-34)

SURINAME: Santokhi wrestles with legacy of corruption

Six weeks after assuming power, Suriname’s President Chandrikapersad Santokhi is coming to terms with the scale of the challenge he inherited from his populist authoritarian predecessor Desi Bouterse (2010-2020). Unlike Bouterse, however, Santokhi is reliant on coalition partners to ensure governability and to provide a majority in the 51-seat national assembly (DNA). There are already signs of frustration within Santokhi’s Vooruitstrevende Hervormingspartij (VHP) that his anti-corruption agenda is being constrained by his vice-president, Ronnie Brunswijk, the leader of the Maroon nationalist Algemene Bevrijdings-en Ontwikkelingspartij (Abop). On 20 August a VHP legislator, Kishan Ramsukul, took matters into his own hands, by filing a complaint before the attorney general’s office accusing the Abop-approved chairman of the state energy firm Energie Bedrijven Suriname (EBS), Andy Rusland, of corruption.

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