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 Political Parties in Suriname

Suriname achieved independence from the Netherlands in 1975. Most of its political parties formed during the autonomy period (beginning in 1951) and were overwhelmingly based on ethnicity. Suriname has a multi-party system with numerous political parties, in which no one party often has a chance of gaining power alone, and parties must work with each other to form coalition governments. For each election, the political parties combine with multiple parties to obtain the maximum number of seats - for example "V7, The Front, and Megacombination.

MAJOR ACTIVE PARTIES
  National Democratic Party (NDP)
Nationale Democratische Partij
Political Leader: Desi BOUTERSE Seats in National Assembly: 26/51
   
  Progressive Reform Party (VHP)
Vooruitstrevende Hervormingspartij 
Political Leader: Chan SANTOKHI Seats in National Assembly: 9/51
   
  Pertjajah Luhur (PL)
Political Leader: Chan SANTOKHI Seats in National Assembly: 5/51
   
  General Liberation and Development Party (ABOP)
Algemene Bevrijdings- en Ontwikkelingspartij
Political Leader: - Seats in National Assembly: 5/51
   
  Brotherhood and Unity in Politics (BEP)
Broederschap en Eenheid in de Politiek
Political Leader: - Seats in National Assembly: 2/51
   
  National Party of Suriname (NPS)
Nationale Partij Suriname
Political Leader: Gregory RUSLAND Seats in National Assembly: 2/51
   
  Progressive Workers' and Farmers' Union (PALU)
Progressieve Arbeiders- en Landbouwersunie
Political Leader: Gregory RUSLAND Seats in National Assembly: 1/51
   
  Party for Democracy and Development through Unity (DOE)
Democratie en Ontwikkeling in Eenheid
Political Leader: Gregory RUSLAND Seats in National Assembly: 1/51
   
MINOR AND DEFUNCT POLITICAL PARTIES, ALLIANCES, AND OTHER GROUPS
  Party Code
  A Combinatie AC
  A Nyun Combinatie ANC
  Alternatief 1 A1
  Amazone Partij Suriname APS
  Basic Party for Renewal and Democracy (Basispartij voor Vernieuwing en Democratie) BVD
  Democratic Alternative '91 (Democratisch Alternatief '91) DA'91
  Democratic National Platform 2000 (Democratisch Nationaal Platform 2000) DNP 2000
  Democrats of the 21st Century (Democraten van de 21ste Eeuw) D21
  Meeting Point 2000 (Trefpunt 2000) T2000
  Mega Combinatie MC
  Naya Kadan NK
  National Party for Leadership & Development (Nationale Partij voor Leiderschap en Ontwikkeling) NPLO
  National Reform Party (Nationale Hervormings Partij) NHP
  New Front for Democracy and Development (Nieuwe Front voor Democratie en Ontwikkeling) NF
  New Suriname (Nieuw Suriname) NS
  Party for National Unity and Solidarity (Kerukanan Tulodo Pranatan Ingit) KTPI
  Party for Progression, Justice, and Perseverance (Partij Pembangunan Rakat Suriname) PPRS
  Pendawa Lima PL
  People's Alliance for Progress (Volksalliantie Voor Vooruitgang) VVV
  Political Wing of the FAL (Politieke Vleugel van de FAL) PVF
  Renewed Progressive Party (Hernieuwde Progressieve Partij) HPP
  Seeka SEEKA
  Surinamese Labour Party (Surinaamse Partij van de Arbeid) SPA
  Sustainable, Equitable Society (Duurzame, Rechtvaardig Samenleven) DRS
  Suriname Progressive People's Party (Progressieve Suriname Volkspartij) PSV
  Union of Progressive Surinamese (Unie van Progressieve Surinamers, ) UPS
  V7 (Alliance) V7
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