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Surinam rebels plan powers for civilians

The new military rulers of the former Dutch colony of Surinam have said they intend to install a civilian body to handle some administrative affairs. Overall control of the country, however, is in the hands of an eight- man military council of junior officers who seized power in a lightning coup Monday, according to a council statement on Surinam television Monday night.

The military council said it had arrested commanders of the 1,000- strong Army as well as high-ranking government officials and politicians. It said it would soon transfer some administrative functions to the civilian body, but gave no details.

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The coup was apparently sparked by the banning of a soldiers' trade union.


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