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Yearbook 1996

Suriname. A bill that would have enabled large timber deliveries to a Malaysian company had to be withdrawn at the beginning of the year due to both national and international environmental considerations. According to, the proposed legislation would have allowed the exploitation of the forests covering 10% of the country's area.

1996 Suriname

On May 23, general elections were held in Suriname. No party was given the necessary two-thirds of the mandate to elect a president. Instead, the election resulted in extended coalition negotiations. The incumbent President Ronald Venetian's New Front Party (NF) gained 24 seats in the 51-strong parliament. In second place was former military leader Desiré "Desi" Bouterses party National Democratic Party (NDP) with 16 seats. It was apparently laid down for a coalition between the two parties. Instead, the NDP merged with some smaller parties, thus gaining a majority in parliament. Jules Wijdenbosch was elected new president because the NDP's coalition parties did not want Bouterse back as president. Pressures from the country's former colonial power and largest donor, the Netherlands.

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