Heads of state from several Latin American countries were absent from the August 12 (Thursday) inauguration of Desi Bouterse as president of Suriname. Among those who did not attend was Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who said he was too busy brokering a peace deal with neighboring Colombia, Radio Netherlands reports. The agency says a lot of Surinamers were disappointed with Chavez’s decision to skip the inauguration because they had considered his promise to attend as proof that Suriname is slowly being taken seriously by its neighbors in Latin America.

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