Indian-origin, Chandrikapersad ‘Chan’ Santokhi has been elected the president of South American country “Suriname”. A former Justice Minister, Santokhi of the Progressive Reform Party (PRP) was elected unopposed. He will succeed Desi Bouterse, a former military strongman, whose National Party of Suriname (NPS) lost the election in May as he sent the country to an economic precipice.
Suriname is a former Dutch colony where people of Indian descent make up the largest ethnic group comprising 27.4 per cent of the population of 587,000.
About Chandrikapersad Santokhi:
Chandrikapersad Santokhi was trained in a police academy in the Netherlands and rose to be the chief police commissioner of Suriname. He later served as the justice minister in an earlier administration in 2005.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- Capital of Suriname: Paramaribo.
- The currency of Suriname: Suriname Dollar.