July 19, 2010 / 4:23 PM / 8 years ago

Bouterse chosen as Suriname president by parliament

PARAMARIBO, July 19 (Reuters) - Former coup leader and military strongman Desi Bouterse was elected president of Suriname by the South American country’s parliament on Monday, lawmakers said.

The parliament made the selection by 36 votes out of 50 after Bouterse, 64, who led a 1990 coup and has faced accusations of drug-trafficking and human rights violations, initially failed to gain a sufficient majority in May elections.

Reporting by Ank Kuipers, Editing by Pascal Fletcher and Sandra Maler

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