Opposition parties to determine joint strategy
The opposition parties on Thursday night assembled to determine a joint strategy. The talks are still an internal matter but if it were up to MP Paul Somohardjo (PL), the talks would become a structural thing. Somohardjo who is also the chairman of the PL party pointed out that the relation between the opposition parties must remain strong so that it could form the basis of a potential joint venture prior to the general elections of 2020. The Progressive Reform Party (VHP) and the National Party Suriname (NPS) have already indicated that they want to run for office individually. The General Liberation and Development Party (ABOP) of Ronnie Brunswijk had already implemented a different strategy for the general elections of 2015. The Recall issue remains a hot topic within the opposition. The opposition parties are still determined to evict Raymond Sapoen and Diepakkoemar Chitan, dissidents of the PL party from parliament so that a candidate from the VHP and a candidate from the NPS can take their place. The judge handling the lawsuit that the opposition had filed has already asked for a copy of the amended Recall Act in order to study it thoroughly.
Gerold Sewcharan, the attorney representing the opposition parties, pointed out that there is no link between the amended law and the case. He explained that the law applies to legislators but the opposition is convinced that Sapoen and Chitan are no longer legally legislators. “They were recalled before the law was amended in parliament. We look forward to the judge’s decision but it is clear to us that they are no longer MPs,” MP Somohardjo told Times of Suriname.