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Much-Needed Reforms Unlikely After Election

May 2010 | Political Risk Analysis

Former president Desi Bouterse's four party 'Mega Combinatie' (MC) coalition won more seats than any other party in Suriname's May 25 legislative election, taking 23 of the 51 seats in parliament, and beating the Nieuwe Front voor Democratie en Ontwikkeling (NF) coalition, down nine seats to 14. With the MC lacking a two-thirds majority in parliament, Bouterse will not automatically become president, and the matter will now be put to parliament. The uncertainty surrounding the future executive, combined with the weak mandate of the complex four party MC coalition, will likely impede this government's legislative policymaking and implementation abilities.

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