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Former coup leader Desi Bouterse inaugurated for 2nd consecutive term as Suriname's president

  • Suriname's President Desi Bouterse, re-elected to a second, five-year term, attends his swearing-in ceremony in Paramaribo, Suriname, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. A  two-time coup leader and former dictator accused of executing 15 political opponents in 1982, Bouterse, obtained immunity as head of state when he was democratically elected in 2010 amid widespread discontent with Suriname’s economy. (AP Photo/Ertugrul Kilic)

    Suriname's President Desi Bouterse, re-elected to a second, five-year term, attends his swearing-in ceremony in Paramaribo, Suriname, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. A two-time coup leader and former dictator accused of executing 15 political opponents in 1982, Bouterse, obtained immunity as head of state when he was democratically elected in 2010 amid widespread discontent with Suriname’s economy. (AP Photo/Ertugrul Kilic)  (The Associated Press)

  • Suriname's President Desi Bouterse, re-elected to a second, five-year term, receives the presidential sash during his inauguration ceremony in Paramaribo, Suriname, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. A  two-time coup leader and former dictator accused of executing 15 political opponents in 1982, Bouterse obtained immunity as head of state when he was democratically elected in 2010 amid widespread discontent with Suriname's economy. (AP Photo/Ertugrul Kilic)

    Suriname's President Desi Bouterse, re-elected to a second, five-year term, receives the presidential sash during his inauguration ceremony in Paramaribo, Suriname, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. A two-time coup leader and former dictator accused of executing 15 political opponents in 1982, Bouterse obtained immunity as head of state when he was democratically elected in 2010 amid widespread discontent with Suriname's economy. (AP Photo/Ertugrul Kilic)  (The Associated Press)

  • Suriname President Desire Delano Bouterse arrives to his second term inaugural ceremony with his wife, first lady Ingrid Bouterse-Waldring, in Paramaribo, Suriname, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. A two-time coup leader and former dictator accused of executing 15 political opponents in 1982, Bouterse obtained immunity as head of state when he was democratically elected in 2010 amid widespread discontent with Suriname’s economy. (AP Photo/Ertugrul Kilic)

    Suriname President Desire Delano Bouterse arrives to his second term inaugural ceremony with his wife, first lady Ingrid Bouterse-Waldring, in Paramaribo, Suriname, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. A two-time coup leader and former dictator accused of executing 15 political opponents in 1982, Bouterse obtained immunity as head of state when he was democratically elected in 2010 amid widespread discontent with Suriname’s economy. (AP Photo/Ertugrul Kilic)  (The Associated Press)

Former coup leader and convicted drug trafficker Desi Bouterse has been inaugurated for a second consecutive term as Suriname's democratically elected president.

After being sworn in Wednesday, Bouterse pledged to restructure the South American country's struggling economy away from its dependence on commodities like gold and bauxite.

Bouterse led his National Democratic Party to victory in May elections, but fell short of the required 34-seat majority to automatically be re-elected as president.

Last month, Parliament gave him a second term without a vote since there was no opposition.

Bouterse first came to power in 1980, when he led a military coup. He led another coup in 1990, three years after allowing the return to civilian rule.

In 1999, he was convicted in absentia in the Netherlands on drug trafficking charges.