Suriname. According to countryaah, Paramaribo is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Suriname. Ronald Venetiaan from the New Front (NF) was re-elected for a second term on August 3. He was constitutionally elected by the 895 strong United People’s Assembly, comprised of the nation’s parliaments at all levels, as he received the most votes but not an absolute majority in the presidential election and failed to achieve the required two-thirds majority in two votes in Congress. However, the Venetian parliamentary base became weak, as the congressional votes showed; already in May, the NF lost ten congressional seats and the Venetian will be forced into parliamentary alliances. In the first round of presidential elections in July, the controversial former president Desi Bouterse also stood for the National Democratic Party (NDP). He is charged with involvement in international drug smuggling and human rights crimes.