Suriname: President Santokhi stands up for first lady

“First lady, we pray for you too. You work selflessly, ”said President Chan Santokhi last night during a divine service at Shri Vishnu Mandir on King Street in connection with Navratri, the Hindu fast. The president commended his wife for the hard work she does.

To serve the good, to go for a better situation, to go for a better country, the president said, referring to the first lady.

Last week a circular was circulated showing that first lady Mellisa Santokhi had been given another position. As of October 1, 2020, the first lady was appointed general director of the Cabinet of the President.

The first lady is also a member of the Supervisory Board of Staatsolie and vice-chair of the presidential Committee Review of Legal Affairs Affairs, attorney and initiator of Get Skilled Academy. According to a statement by the President’s Office, the first lady has stepped down at her own request last month as vice-chair in the Presidential Committee on Legal Status Review Due to increased workload last month.


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