|Ronald Runaldo Venetiaan
Former President of Suriname
Ronald Runaldo Venetiaan (born 18 June 1936) served as the 6th and 8th President of Suriname.
Early life and education
Ronaldo Venetiaan was born on 18 June 1963. He comes from a small family with 2 children. He was primarily raised by his mother who had a catholic background, because his father worked as a missionary for the EBG and had to visit the interior of Suriname. Raised at the historical Zwartenhovenbrugstraat, his childhood was marked with order and discipline.
Ronald Venetiaan attended the Algemene Middelbare School (AMS) which he finished in 1955 with 4 Straight A's. This achievement awarded him with a scholarship to the Netherlands for which he left in 1956 to study mathematics at the Leiden University in Holland. Ronald Venetiaan finished the University with a degree in mathematics and returned to Suriname in 1965.
Venetiaan started a career in education as a math teacher. It was not long after he entered politics by joining the NPS (Nationale Partij Suriname). Ronald Venetiaan started his political career as ministry of education in 1987 when the military regime had held general free elections after 4 years of military occupation of Suriname.
His first term as president ran from 1991 to 1996 after which he lost in the elections to Jules Wijdenbosch. In 2000 however, he regained his former position on the New Front banner, receiving an absolute majority of 37 from 51 votes in the Parliament.
In 2005 he was re-elected to serve a third term as president and sworn in on 12 August 2005.