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December 25, 1990 | From Associated Press
The armed forces overthrew the elected government of this former Dutch colony Monday night after a dispute between its president and longtime military chief, Dutch and local news media reported. The army chief, Lt. Col. Desi Bouterse, had resigned earlier in the day, raising speculation that he would seek to seize control of the small mineral rich country on South America's northeastern coast.
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December 26, 1990 | From Associated Press
The Suriname army chief who led a bloodless Christmas Eve coup pledged Tuesday to relinquish power to an elected government within 100 days and denied that an ousted dictator was involved. "The army is not bent on having and keeping power," Cmdr. Ivan Graanoogst said on state-run radio, a day after he and other officers overthrew the elected 3-year-old government of President Ramsewak Shankar.
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December 26, 1990 | From Associated Press
The Suriname army chief who led a bloodless Christmas Eve coup pledged Tuesday to relinquish power to an elected government within 100 days and denied that an ousted dictator was involved. "The army is not bent on having and keeping power," Cmdr. Ivan Graanoogst said on state-run radio, a day after he and other officers overthrew the elected 3-year-old government of President Ramsewak Shankar.
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December 25, 1990 | From Associated Press
The armed forces overthrew the elected government of this former Dutch colony Monday night after a dispute between its president and longtime military chief, Dutch and local news media reported. The army chief, Lt. Col. Desi Bouterse, had resigned earlier in the day, raising speculation that he would seek to seize control of the small mineral rich country on South America's northeastern coast.
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December 30, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The National Assembly confirmed the army's choice for president without a vote, and some members stormed out of the chamber in protest when plans for a secret ballot were scuttled. The new president, Johan Kraag, was sworn in five days after the military ousted President Ramsewak Shankar in a bloodless coup.
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December 29, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Organization of American States, meeting in Washington, deplored the military coup in Suriname and called for restoration of democracy in the former Dutch colony in South America. In Paramaribo, Suriname's capital, politicians and army leaders held frantic talks to find a successor to President Ramsewak Shankar, who resigned after this week's bloodless coup. Military leaders promised that elections will be held within 100 days.
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February 2, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The U.S. Agency for International Development announced it was suspending aid to Suriname because of a December coup by the army that toppled a democratically elected government. In a statement released by the U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo, Suriname, the agency said it was suspending aid under provisions of the U.S. Foreign Assistance Appropriations Act because of the coup that deposed President Ramsewak Shankar, who was voted into office in 1987.
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December 28, 1990 | Reuters
The Organization of American States called a special session for today to discuss the situation in Suriname, where military leaders ousted the elected civilian government in a coup on Christmas Eve. Venezuela requested the extraordinary session, which will be held at OAS headquarters here.
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December 25, 1990 | From Reuters
Soldiers in Suriname moved into the state television station Monday night, hours after 14 military officers signed a declaration of no confidence in the civilian government. An employee of STS state television confirmed that soldiers had occupied the station, but a military spokesman said they had been sent to protect the station from sabotage.
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September 3, 1989 | SUSANA HAYWARD, Associated Press
A fragile accord setting out conditions for ending Suriname's 3-year-old guerrilla war is testing the civilian government's authority over the army, which previously ruled the former Dutch colony. The government of President Ramsewak Shankar signed a preliminary accord with the warring Jungle Commando in July, despite the army's objections that the agreement failed to disarm the guerrillas and could place too much power in the hands of rebel leader Ronny Brunswijk. Lt. Col.
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January 1, 1991 | JANE ENGLE from Times staff and wire reports
PERSIAN GULF CRISIS Oil and Threats: It was a crisis that caught the world by surprise. Still, looking back, there were disturbing signals early on. In the spring, suspicious equipment bound for Iraq started turning up at world ports. In Britain, authorities seized U.S.-built capacitors--devices for triggering nuclear weapons--after a lengthy investigation. Then, there was the bizarre "super-gun" affair.
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