Suriname. According to
Countryaah official site, Finance Minister Wonnie Boedhoe resigned on
June 10. The departure meant a severe loss for President
Desi Bouterse. Admittedly, Boedhoe was succeeded by another
woman, Adeline Wijnerman, so that the government still has
two women. But unlike the unpolitical Boedhoe, Wijnerman
belongs to the president's own party National Democratic
Party (NDP). Boedhoe stated personal reasons for his
departure, but the real reason seems to have been
disagreement over economic policy, with Boedhoe advocating
restraint and President Bouterse increasing public spending
and devaluation, which has spiked inflation. Wijnerman was
expected to put significantly fewer obstacles in the way of
the president's financial plans.
In June, in a speech to Congress, President Bouterse
reminded that the border dispute with neighboring Guyana
about the so-called New River Triangle has not been settled.
The area that Suriname claims is located in southeastern
Guyana today and is very rich in gold.
President Bouterse also decided to introduce February 25
as a national holiday. The decision was not unexpectedly met
with harsh criticism as the date marks the day of the
military coup that brought him to power for the first time