CaribWorldNews, PARAMARIBO, Suriname, Fri. Aug. 13, 2010: A former Surinamese dictator and the man charged with the murders of five journalists in 1982 has been sworn in as the new President of Suriname.
Desi Bouterse returned to lead the South American nation this week, vowing to fight corruption and respect the nation`s laws as well as the views of the political opposition.
`This president will be a president for all of Suriname, no matter who they are,` Bouterse said in his inaugural speech.
Bouterse, who previously seized power in two coups and is wanted in the Netherlands to serve a drugs sentence, was elected by parliament last month after his Mega Combination coalition won most seats in a May election.
His return to power was, however, criticized by Reporters Without Borders, which insisted it cannot forget that Bouterse continues to be charged with murder.
The organization added that even if legal proceedings are suspended for the duration of Bouterse`s presidency, it would be unacceptable if the murders were to go unpunished indefinitely.