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1996 Presidential Elections
1996 Elecciones Presidenciales
Elections of May 23, 1996 were for the National Assembly (51 seats).
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*These two seats were a part of the DA'91 nine seats, since DA'91 was a four party coalition including the Pendawalima representatives.
Since no coalition/party got two-thirds majority (the President/Vice-President are elected indirectly), the President and Vice-President were elected by the United People's Assembly (the National Assembly plus District and Local Councils) on September 5, 1996. Jules Wijdensobsch, former Prime Minister during military dictator Desi Bouterse's government, was elected president on September 5, 1996 by an assembly of parliamentary representatives, community and district councils called the United People's Conference. The 869 local, district, and nationally elected officials included 51 parliamentarians, 106 district representatives, and 712 local officials. the breakdown of the vote was as follows:
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