On 16 July, Insight Crime published an article saying that Chan Santokhi has a tough task ahead: his vice-president is a convicted drug trafficker, corruption is rampant and the country is seeing bustling trade in cocaine and illegal gold. His predecessor was found guilty by a Suriname court in 2019 on charges that his soldiers tortured and executed 15 of his opponents in 1982, although he is currently appealing the sentence. He has also been tried in absentia for drug trafficking in the Netherlands and his son, Dino, is in prison in the US after reportedly trying to help Islamist group Hezbollah set up a base in Suriname. The UN Development Programme says that that “corruption is a systemic problem that is embedded in almost all structures, institutions, sectors and transactions”. Suriname is also on the verge of bankruptcy. After saying all that, the article then looks at the major criminal and security obstacles facing Santokhi.
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