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Suriname lamwakers approve amnesty for former dictator president after 12 hours of debate
PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) ' Lawmakers in Suriname have approved amnesty legislation that pardons President Desi Bouterse for crimes committed under his earlier military dictatorship.
The National Assembly passed the bill 28-12 after 12 hours of debate Wednesday.
The amnesty ends the trial for Bouterse and 24 associates on charges of murdering opponents in December 1982. A truth commission will examine the killings.
Bouterse seized power in a 1980 coup. He allowed the return of civilian rule in 1987 but staged a second coup in 1990. He stepped down as military chief in 1992, but has remained a powerful force in the former Dutch colony.
Lawmakers elected him president in 2010.
He previously accepted "political responsibility" for the 1982 killings.