Johan Adolf Pengel

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Johan Adolf Pengel
Johan Adolf Pengel 1963.jpg
Johan Adolf Pengel in 1963
4th Prime Minister of Suriname
In office
30 June 1963 – 5 March 1969
Preceded by Severinus Desiré Emanuels
Succeeded by Jules Sedney
Personal details
Born (1916-01-20)20 January 1916
Paramaribo, Suriname
Died 5 June 1970(1970-06-05) (aged 54)
Paramaribo, Suriname
Nationality Surinamese
Political party National Party of Suriname
Profession Politician

Johan Adolf "Jopie" Pengel (20 January 1916 – 5 June 1970) was a Surinamese politician, and Prime Minister of Suriname from 30 June 1963 to 5 March 1969 for the National Party of Suriname (NPS).

He started as leader of the Suriname trade union workers and then in the National Party of Suriname he became one of the most influential politicians in Suriname at that time.[1]

In 1955, the NPS, led by Pengel and the United Hindustani Party (VHP), the largest Hindu party led by Jagernath Lachmon, fashioned a coalition which successfully took power in 1958 and held it until 1967, easing to both the groups to understand each other.[2]

Under Pengel's government, the Surinamese infrastructure was strongly developed. Roads were constructed and existing infrastructure was strongly improved. Two new hospitals were built.[3]

In 1970, he died of sepsis at the age of 54 in Paramaribo.


  1. ^ PENGEL, Johan Adolf. Retrieved on 2013-08-15.
  2. ^ Johan Adolf Pengel. Retrieved on 2013-08-15.
  3. ^ citypical : Standbeeld Johan Adolf Pengel in Paramaribo. Retrieved on 2013-08-15.