Johan Kraag

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Johan Kraag
Johan Kraag (1965).jpg
5th President of Suriname
In office
December 29, 1990 – September 16, 1991
Vice PresidentJules Wijdenbosch
Preceded byIvan Graanoogst
Succeeded byRonald Venetiaan
Personal details
Johannes Samuel Petrus Kraag

(1913-07-29)July 29, 1913
DiedMay 24, 1996(1996-05-24) (aged 82)
Political partyNPS

Johannes Samuel Petrus "Johan" Kraag (July 29, 1913 – May 24, 1996) was a Surinamese politician who served as the President of Suriname from December 29, 1990, until September 16, 1991.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Kraag was a member of the National Party of Suriname. He served as the Chairman of the Staten of Suriname from 1958 to 1963[3], and held in the 1960s several ministerial posts. He belonged to the moderate wing who in 1975 rebelled against the political independence of party leader Henck Arron.

After the military coup on December 24, 1990 (known as the "telephone coup"), Kraag was chosen by the Assembly as Acting President of Suriname. Jules Wijdenbosch, a supporter of Bouterse, was appointed Vice President. Kraag was succeeded by Ronald Venetiaan.


  1. ^ "Timeline: Suriname". BBC News. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
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  3. ^ (in Dutch)De Nationale Assemblée: Lijst van Oud-Voorzitters
Political offices
Preceded by
Ivan Graanoogst
President of Suriname
Succeeded by
Ronald Venetiaan