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    Suriname Government 1997

      Country name
      conventional long form: Republic of Suriname
      conventional short form: Suriname
      local long form : Republiek Suriname
      local short form: Suriname
      former: Netherlands Guiana, Dutch Guiana

      Data code NS

      Government type republic

      National capital Paramaribo

      Administrative divisions 10 districts (distrikten, singular - distrikt); Brokopondo, Commewijne,Coronie, Marowijne, Nickerie, Para, Paramaribo, Saramacca, Sipaliwini, Wanica

      Independence 25 November 1975 (from Netherlands)

      National holiday Independence Day, 25 November (1975)

      Constitution ratified 30 September 1987

      Legal system NA

      Suffrage 18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch
      chief of state: President Jules WIJDENBOSCH (since 14 September 1996); Vice PresidentPretaapnarian RADHAKISHUN (since 14 September 1996); note - the presidentis both the chief of state and head of government
      head of government: President Jules WIJDENBOSCH (since 14 September 1996); Vice PresidentPretaapnarian RADHAKISHUN (since 14 September 1996); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government
      cabinet : Cabinet of Ministers appointed by the president from among the membersof the National Assembly
      note: Commander in Chief of the National Army maintains significant power
      elections: president and vice president elected by the National Assembly for five-yearterms; election last held 23 May 1996; runoff election held 5 September 1996(next to be held NA May 2001)
      election results: Jules WIJDENBOSCH elected president; percent of legislative vote NA;National Assembly failed to elect president; results reflect the People's Assembly votes - Jules WIJDENBOSCH (NDP) 438, Ronald VENETIAAN (NF) 407

      Legislative branch unicameral National Assembly or Assemblee Nationale (51 seats; membersare elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms)
      elections : last held 23 May 1996 (next to be held NA May 2001)
      election results: percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - NDP 16, NF 14, BVD 5,KTPI 5, DA'91 4, Pendawa Lima 4, Alliance 3

      Judicial branch Supreme Court, justices nominated for life

      Political parties and leaders The New Front (NF), a coalition of three parties (NPS, VHP, SPA), leaderRonald R. VENETIAAN; Progressive Reform Party (VHP), Jaggernath LACHMON; NationalParty of Suriname (NPS), Ronald VENETIAAN; Party of National Unity and Solidarity(KTPI), Willy SOEMITA; Suriname Labor Party (SPA), Fred DERBY; DemocraticAlternative '91 (DA '91), a coalition of two parties (AF, and BEP) formedin January 1991, Winston JESSURUN; Alternative Forum (AF), Rick VAN RAVENSWAY;Party for Brotherhood and Unity in Politics (BEP), Caprino ALLENDY; PendawaLima, Paul SOMOHARDJO; National Democratic Party (NDP), Desire BOUTERSE; ProgressiveWorkers' and Farm Laborers' Union (PALU), Ir Iwan KROLIS; The ProgressiveDevelopment Alliance, a combination of three parties (DP, HPP, PVF), FrankPLAYFAIR; Democratic Party (DP), Frank PLAYFAIR; Reformed Progressive Party(HPP), Harry KISOENSINGH; Party of the Federation of Land Workers PVF), JwanSITAL; Party for Renewal and Democracy (BVD), Atta MUNGRA; Independent ProgressiveDemocratic Alternative (OPDA), Joginder RAMKHILAWAN

      Political pressure groups and leaders Union for Liberation and Democracy, Kofi AFONGPONG; Mandela BushnegroLiberation Movement, Leendert ADAMS; Tucayana Amazonica, Alex JUBITANA, ThomasSABAJO; General Liberation and Development Party (ABOP), George TIRINI

      International organization participation ACP, Caricom, ECLAC, FAO, G-77, IADB, IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, ICRM, IFAD,IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, Intelsat (nonsignatory user), Interpol, IOC, ITU,LAES, NAM, OAS, OIC, OPANAL, PCA, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WHO,WIPO, WMO, WTrO

      Diplomatic representation in the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador (vacant); Charge d'Affaires Cicyl G. ALWART
      chancery: Suite 108, 4301 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008
      telephone: [1] (202) 244-7488, 7490 through 7492
      FAX : [1] (202) 244-5878
      consulate(s) general: Miami

      Diplomatic representation from the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Dennis K. HAYS
      embassy: Dr. Sophie Redmondstraat 129, Paramaribo
      mailing address : P. O. Box 1821, American Embassy Paramaribo, Department of State, Washington,DC, 20521-3390
      telephone: [597] 472900, 477881, 476459
      FAX: [597] 420800

      Flag description five horizontal bands of green (top, double width), white, red (quadruplewidth), white, and green (double width); there is a large yellow five-pointedstar centered in the red band

      NOTE: The information regarding Suriname on this page is re-published from the 1997 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Suriname Government 1997 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Suriname Government 1997 should be addressed to the CIA.

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