Jules Sedney is confirmed dead at the age of 97.
Jules was best known as a Surinamese economist and politician.
Jules Sedney
Jules Sedney (1973).jpg
Prime Minister of Suriname
In office
20 November 1969 – 24 December 1973
MonarchQueen Juliana
GovernorJohan Ferrier
Preceded byArthur May
Succeeded byHenck Arron
Personal details
Born(1922-09-28)28 September 1922
Paramaribo, Suriname
Died18 June 2020(2020-06-18) (aged 97)
Political partyProgressive National Party (PNP)
Jules Sedney (28 September 1922 - 18 June 2020) was a Surinamese politician.
Sedney was born in Paramaribo. In 1939, he started as a teacher. In 1948, he left for Amsterdam where he studied economics at the University of Amsterdam. During his studies, he joined the organisation Wie Eegie Sanie (For Our Own Good) of Eddy Bruma which aimed to promote Sranan Tongo and Surinamese culture.
In 1958, Sedney became Minister of Finance for the NPS. He became a member of the newly founded PNP. From 1969 to 1973, he was Prime Minister of Suriname. He led a multi-ethnic government that Sedney believed had the checks and balances necessary for the growth of the Suriname economy. In 1980, Sedney became the governor of Central Bank of Suriname. In 1983, he was fired after a dispute with Desi Bouterse.
Sedney was the oldest bridge player of Suriname. In 1997, he published De toekomst van ons verleden which evaluated the functioning of the parliamentary democracy prior to the coup d'état and provided recommendation for strengthening the democracy. In 2016, the New Harbour was renamed to Dr Jules Sedney – Haven van Paramaribo in his honour, because he helped establish the harbour. Sedney died on 18 June 2020. He had been hospitalized just prior to his death.
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