Surinam President on Official Visit to Cuba

Havana, May 24 (Prensa Latina) Desire Delano Bouterse, President of the Republic of Surinam, will arrive in Cuba Tuesday afternoon for an official visit.

During his stay here, the distinguish visitor will hold official talks with Army General Raul Castro and carry out other activities, Granma newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Desire Delano Bouterse was born on October 13, 1945 in Sipaliwine, Surinam.

Between 1980 and 1988, Bouterse was the chairman of the National Military Council and Commander of the National Army.

On July 4, 1987, he founded the National Democratic Party, and was acting president until nowadays.

In 1994, he ceased his military functions and dedicated to politics leading the National Democratic Party.

Bouterse was a Councilor of State during the initial period of the government of Jules Wijdenbosch in 1986.

He was elected as legislator in the May 25, 2010 elections, and President of the Republic of Surinam in a Parliament session, held on July 9, 2010.

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