Dési Bouterse

Leader of Suriname (1980–1987, 2010–2020)
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Desiré Delano "Dési" Bouterse[1] (born 13 October 1945) is a Surinamese politician. He was the President of Suriname from 2010 to 2020. From 1980 to 1987 he was Suriname's de facto leader when the country was under military rule.

Dési Bouterse

President of Suriname
In office
12 August 2010 – 16 July 2020
Vice PresidentRobert Ameerali
Preceded byRonald Venetiaan
Succeeded byChan Santokhi
Personal details
Desiré Delano Bouterse

(1945-10-13) 13 October 1945 (age 78)
Domburg, Suriname
Political partyNational Democratic Party
Spouse(s)Ingrid Figueira

On February 25, 1980, the government of Suriname underwent a military coup led by Bouterse. Though the Suriname Presidency was retained, Bouterse was the nation's ruler until his resignation in 1988.

Bouterse is held responsible for the numerous human rights violations committed under his dictatorship, such as the murder of 15 people known as the December murders, and the massacre in the village Moiwana.

On July 19, 2010, he was elected as President of Suriname with 36 of 50 parliament votes.[2]


  1. According to the Statutes of the DNP written as Desiré Archived 2013-12-20 at the Wayback Machine. Ndp.sr (2004-04-24). Retrieved on 2012-01-08.
  2. Bouterse gekozen tot president Suriname – NRC.nl (Dutch)