Taken Question
Philip J. Crowley
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs
Washington, DC
July 20, 2010

Question: What is our response to the election of a former military ruler as president?

Answer: The United States supports democratic elections and processes, and we respect the results of free and fair elections. We look to maintain our good ties with Suriname and the people of Suriname, but we will be clear with the incoming Suriname government that, for good relations with the United States and the international community, we expect this new government to stand firm against corruption and respect democratic principles, human rights, and the rule of law.

PRN: 2010/982