Also: Sarnam, Suriname.
Officially: Republiek Suriname.
Seat of government: Paramaribo.
Status: Democratic, but threatened.
Structure: The parliament (De Nationale Assemblée) is elected by proportional representation in the districts, and chooses the president.
Governing party: Nationaal Democratische Partij.
Head of government: Dési Bouterse, NDP, president.
Chief opposition parties: V7; A-Combinatie.
Assessment: The present opposition at this point represents the democratic process itself, as the government is led by former dictator and putschist Bouterse (1980-1991). Bouterse was finally tried for human rights abuses, specifically the “December Murders” of 1982, two of which he may have carried out personally. The trial began in 2007 and ended in 2012 after an amnesty was passed. A 2010 parliamentary election gave a plurality to Bouterse’s new coalition, and he was able to form a larger coalition (De Mega Combinatie) to have himself elected president. The NDP won a narrow absolute majority of seats in 2015.
FH: 2-2, free. Econ: 6.58 (59), flawed democracy.
Updated: 2015 June 19.