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Johan Adolf Pengel

Prime Minister of Suriname

Died when: 54 years 136 days (652 months)
Star Sign: Capricorn


Johan Adolf Pengel

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.

He was the Chairman of the Estates of Suriname in 1955.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, allowing both the groups to understand each other.

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

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

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