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Democratic Alternative '91

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The Democratic Alternative '91 (Democratisch Alternatief '91, DA'91) is a liberal party in Suriname. At the 2010 legislative elections, held on 25 May 2010, the party was part of the New Front for Democracy and Development electoral alliance that won 31.6% of the popular vote and 14 out of 51 seats in the National Assembly. Out of these 14, one seat went to DA'91. For the 2015 general election DA'91 was part of the V7 political alliance.



The DA '91 was founded in 1991 when it split off from the National Party of Suriname. The party was founded shortly before the 1991 general election. The intention had been to establish the party in 1991 but the "Telephone Coup" that removed President Ramsewak Shankar from office interfered with the planning.

Winston Jessurun was one of the founders, together with Gerard Brunings. Brunings has stated that when establishing the party they asked the Dutch embassy for programs of Dutch political parties and that of Democrats 66 appealed most to them. With the most significant change being changing Netherlands for Suriname.

In the 1991 elections the party obtained 9 seats. At the 1996 elections the number of seats dropped to four. It further dropped to two in the 2000 elections and one in the 2005 elections. Even though the party gained only one seat it was able to join the third cabinet of President Ronald Venetiaan and had one Minister in the cabinet and received an ambassadorship.

For the 2010 elections the DA'91 joined the political alliance New Front for Democracy and Development. For the 2015 elections DA'91 entered the elections as part of the political alliance V7.

Member of the National Assembly

  • Winston Jessurun
  • References

    Democratic Alternative '91 Wikipedia

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