Bouterse: “Castro was one of the biggest world leaders of the century”
The late Cuban leader Fidel Castro meant a lot to Suriname. President Desi Bouterse issued a statement, indicating that especially the healthcare and the scientific education were raised to a higher level in Suriname thanks to Castro.
Bouterse offered condolences to Cuba on behalf of the Surinamese people. The former longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro passed away Friday at the age of 90. “We are referring to the big number of Cuban doctors who have been sent to Suriname since the eighties. We are also referring to the hundreds of Surinamese students who were granted Cuban scholarships and attended classes at Cuban universities”, said the Office of the President in the statement. The Surinamese government called Castro one of the biggest world leaders of the past century who worked hard against oppression and aimed at the liberation and development of third world countries. Castro also achieved much in Latin America and Africa and the Surinamese government is grateful for that. Castro was cremated on Saturday. Cuba has announced nine days of mourning. Fidel Castro governed Cuba as prime minister from 1959 to 1976 and then served as president for 32 years before he was succeeded by his brother Raul in 2008.