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Suriname's President Re-elected to Third Term

Suriname's President Ronald Venetiaan has been re-elected to serve a third term in the South American nation.

Mr. Venetiaan was chosen Wednesday in a special election of lawmakers and regional officials, which was called after two earlier rounds of voting ended in deadlock.

Speaking to a crowd in Paramaribo after the results were announced, Mr. Venetiaan vowed to build a strong government in the former Dutch colony.

Suriname's leadership has been in limbo since May elections, when President Venetiaan's New Front coalition lost its majority in the 51-seat National Assembly.

Members of the National Assembly then held two presidential votes. But neither Mr. Venetiaan nor his key challenger, Rabin Parmessar, managed to win a two-thirds majority in those ballots.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.