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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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May 28, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Big election gains by a pro-army party have clouded the former Dutch colony's future and cast a shadow of uncertainty over its relations with the Netherlands. A coalition representing the East Indian, Creole and Indonesian minorities that make up most of the population of 360,000 in this republic on South America's northeast coast won a majority in parliamentary elections on Saturday.
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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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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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January 26, 1988
Hindu businessman Ramshewak Shankar was sworn in as the new president of Suriname, ending nearly eight years of military rule in the small South American nation with a call for improved relations with the Netherlands and the United States. Shankar, 50, the son of Indian immigrants, replaces military strongman Lt. Col. Desi Bouterse as head of government.
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June 19, 1987 | From Reuters
Nine soldiers aboard an armored car were killed as the vehicle plunged into a creek when it ran off a road outside the capital, the official Suriname News Agency reported Thursday.
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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 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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May 28, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Big election gains by a pro-army party have clouded the former Dutch colony's future and cast a shadow of uncertainty over its relations with the Netherlands. A coalition representing the East Indian, Creole and Indonesian minorities that make up most of the population of 360,000 in this republic on South America's northeast coast won a majority in parliamentary elections on Saturday.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
January 26, 1988
Hindu businessman Ramshewak Shankar was sworn in as the new president of Suriname, ending nearly eight years of military rule in the small South American nation with a call for improved relations with the Netherlands and the United States. Shankar, 50, the son of Indian immigrants, replaces military strongman Lt. Col. Desi Bouterse as head of government.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 1987 | From Reuters
Nine soldiers aboard an armored car were killed as the vehicle plunged into a creek when it ran off a road outside the capital, the official Suriname News Agency reported Thursday.
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