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Suriname's Political System

Following the 1987 Constitution, Suriname is a combined presidential and parliamentary-democratic unity state. The head of state, the president, is elected by the National Assembly for five years. He heads the government, the Cabinet and the Security Council, is a military commander and appoints the members of the government. The Vice President is also the Prime Minister. The Government is responsible to the National Assembly. Legislative authority is added to the National Assembly, which is elected in the general election for five years and has 51 members. In addition to the president, the Cabinet includes representatives of a number of interest groups, the armed forces and the political parties in the National Assembly. The Council is important. It shall advise the Government and the National Assembly and supervise their activities; it can suspend legislative decisions it believes violate the Constitution.

Political System of Suriname

Administratively

Administratively, the country of Suriname is divided into nine districts as well as the metropolitan area. See ABBREVIATIONFINDER for how SR can stand for Suriname.

The judiciary

The judiciary includes a judicial court and three cantonal courts. The legislation is based on Dutch and French examples.

Suriname's defense

The total force figures for Suriname's armed forces are 1840 active personnel (2018, IISS). All military forces fall under the army, and the country does not have its own air force or navy.

Materials include six light trucks and 15 armored personnel vehicles. One sea component has 240 active personnel and 10 patrol vessels, and an air component has 200 active personnel, three aircraft and three helicopters.

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