Suriname is a constitutional democracy with a president elected by the unicameral National Assembly. Elections for the National Assembly took place on May 25. International observers considered the legislative elections to be free and fair. In July the Assembly elected Chandrikapersad Santokhi as president.
Suriname, previously Dutch Guyana, is a tiny country situated on South America's North Atlantic coast. It is known in particular for its rainforest and biodiversity, but also for its gold and wealth of natural minerals. Suriname is a nation of indigenous peoples, Maroons and the descendants of slaves, who were later joined by waves of.