Convicted Suriname president says will seek re-election

Tue Dec 3rd, 2019 - Nationwide

Suriname’s President Desi Bouterse (L) attends a meeting with China’s Premier Li Keqiang (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 27, 2019. (Photo by FLORENCE LO / POOL / AFP)

Suriname President Desi Bouterse said Monday he will seek re-election in the South American country despite being convicted of murder for the execution of political opponents.

“Of course, with big bold letters. You will not be able to miss the name,” Bouterse told a radio program when asked if he would appear on the list of candidates for the May 2020 elections.

Bouterse, 74, returned on Sunday from a state visit to China and will appeal Friday’s judgement, according to his lawyer Irvin Kanhai.




source: Guardian