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First president of Suriname dies aged 99

Monday 04 January 2010

Johan Ferrier, the first president of Suriname following the South American country's independence from the Netherlands in 1975, has died at his home in Oegstgeest at the age of 99.

Ferrier, who was a teacher before becoming a founder member of the Suriname National party, was governor in the run up to independence and then became president.

He was deposed in a military coup on August 13, 1980 led by Desi Bouterse, and moved to the Netherlands with his family.

Knighted by the Dutch queen, Ferrier remained optimistic about his home country, according to a short obituary in the Volkskrant. 'Even in the darkest days, I kept my optimism,' the paper quoted him as saying.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

On the sad demise of the first president of Suriname I offer my heartfelt condolences to Kathleen Ferrier,her family and the people of Suriname here in the Netherlands and in Surname.

By Khalid Ahmed Chaudry | 4 January 2010 7:10 PM

johan ferrier may you rest peace peafect peace.anyway the netherlands and surinames will allways remmeber you.amen

By original Bobor | 5 January 2010 8:29 AM

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