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Accused Murderer Sworn In As President Of Suriname

Source: CaribWorldNews,  Suriname:

Desi Bouterse

Desi Bouterse returned to lead the South American nation this week, vowing to fight corruption and respect the nation`s laws as well as the views of the political opposition.

`This president will be a president for all of Suriname, no matter who they are,` Bouterse said in his inaugural speech.

Bouterse, who previously seized power in two coups and is wanted in the Netherlands to serve a drugs sentence, was elected by parliament last month after his Mega Combination coalition won most seats in a May election.

His return to power was, however, criticized by Reporters Without Borders, which insisted it cannot forget that Bouterse continues to be charged with murder.

The organization added that even if legal proceedings are suspended for the duration of Bouterse`s presidency, it would be unacceptable if the murders were to go unpunished indefinitely.

Stanford`s Sticky Wicket Reopens In Antigua
CaribWorldNews, ST JOHN`S, Antigua: Sticky Wicket, the cricket themed restaurant once owned by former billionaire R. Allen Stanford, has reopened its doors in Antigua.

The restaurant along with a cricket stadium has been reopened with investment from local investors, reports indicate. Both belonged to accused Ponzi schemer and jailed Texas financier Stanford.

The restaurant was located near to the airport, allowing travelers to dine between flights. Antiguan soccer officials say the cricket stadium will also serve as home to the Barracuda Football Club, its first professional soccer team and at least 15 games are scheduled there starting in April 2011.

Stanford was once the largest private employer in Antigua with 800 workers. He has pleaded not guilty to running a US$7 billion Ponzi scheme and to charges including money laundering and wire fraud.

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Source: CaribWorldNews,  Suriname:

Desi Bouterse

Desi Bouterse returned to lead the South American nation this week, vowing to fight corruption and respect the nation`s laws as well as the views of the political opposition.

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`This president will be a president for all of Suriname, no matter who they are,` Bouterse said in his inaugural speech.

Bouterse, who previously seized power in two coups and is wanted in the Netherlands to serve a drugs sentence, was elected by parliament last month after his Mega Combination coalition won most seats in a May election.

His return to power was, however, criticized by Reporters Without Borders, which insisted it cannot forget that Bouterse continues to be charged with murder.

The organization added that even if legal proceedings are suspended for the duration of Bouterse`s presidency, it would be unacceptable if the murders were to go unpunished indefinitely.

Stanford`s Sticky Wicket Reopens In Antigua
CaribWorldNews, ST JOHN`S, Antigua: Sticky Wicket, the cricket themed restaurant once owned by former billionaire R. Allen Stanford, has reopened its doors in Antigua.

The restaurant along with a cricket stadium has been reopened with investment from local investors, reports indicate. Both belonged to accused Ponzi schemer and jailed Texas financier Stanford.

The restaurant was located near to the airport, allowing travelers to dine between flights. Antiguan soccer officials say the cricket stadium will also serve as home to the Barracuda Football Club, its first professional soccer team and at least 15 games are scheduled there starting in April 2011.

Stanford was once the largest private employer in Antigua with 800 workers. He has pleaded not guilty to running a US$7 billion Ponzi scheme and to charges including money laundering and wire fraud.