Pretaap Radhakishun

Pretaapnarian Shawh Radhecheran Radhakishun
Pretaapnarian Radhakishun.jpg
4th Vice President of Suriname
In office
15 September 1996 – 12 August 2000
President Jules Wijdenbosch
Preceded by Jules Ajodhia
Succeeded by Jules Ajodhia
6th Prime Minister of Suriname
In office
17 July 1986 – 7 April 1987
President Fred Ramdat Misier
Preceded by Wim Udenhout
Succeeded by Jules Wijdenbosch
Personal details
Pretaapnarian Shawh Radhecheran Radhakishun

3 September 1934
Paramaribo, Colony of Suriname
Died 6 January 2001(2001-01-06) (aged 66)
Paramaribo, Suriname
Nationality Suriname Surinamese
Political party BVD (1996–2001)
Other political
VHP (Before 1996)
Alma mater Leiden University

Pretaapnarian Shawh Radhecheran Radhakishun (also known as Pretaap Radhakishun; 3 September 1934 – 6 January 2001)[1] was a Surinamese politician. He was Prime Minister of Suriname from July 1986 to April 1987, and Vice President of Suriname from September 1996 to August 2000.

Early life

Radhakishun was born on 3 September 1934 in Paramaribo. In September 1953, he moved to Leiden.[2] Radhakishun earned a cand. in mathematics and physics in 1958,[3] and a doctorandus in chemistry in 1962,[4] both from Leiden University.

Prime Minister

Radhakishun was a businessman and vice-president of the Surinamese Business Association (VSB).[5] As a member of the VHP, he was chosen to succeed Wim Udenhout as Prime Minister of Suriname. His power was limited by the influence of the National Military Council of Suriname.[6]

Vice President

During the first term of the New Front government, Radhakishun became a critic of the coalition's power-sharing arrangements.[7] After the elections in 1996, Radhakishun joined a group of VHP members in breaking away from the party leadership and supporting NDP member Jules Wijdenbosch for president. This group then joined the new government as the BVD.[8] Radhakishun served as Vice President from 15 September 1996 to 12 August 2000 in the cabinet of President Jules Wijdenbosch.[9][10] Radhakishun and Wijdenbosch were defeated in the 2000 general elections by the New Front led by Ronald Venetiaan. Venetiaan accused both Radhakishun and Wijdenbosch of mishandling government funds after the elections.

Radhakishun died on 6 September 2001 in Paramaribo after a prolonged illness.[11]


  1. ^ "Surinaams kabinet officieel begonnen". Leidsch Dagblad (in Dutch). 17 July 1986. p. 7.
  2. ^ "Gevestigde en vertrokken personen in en uit Leiden". Leidse Courant (in Dutch). 7 September 1953. p. 3.
  3. ^ "Leidse Universiteit". Leidse Courant (in Dutch). 19 November 1958. p. 2.
  4. ^ "Leidse Universiteit". Leidse Courant (in Dutch). 5 July 1962. p. 2.
  5. ^ "P. Radhakishun wordt premier van Suriname". De Volkskrant via (in Dutch). 16 July 1986. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  6. ^ Janssen, Roger (2011). In Search of a Path: An Analysis of the Foreign Policy of Suriname from 1975 to 1991. Leiden: Brill. ISBN 978-90-04-25367-4. JSTOR 10.1163/j.ctt1w8h0wm.
  7. ^ "Breuk in beoogde regeringspartij VHP in Suriname". NRC Handelsblad (in Dutch). 5 August 1996. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  8. ^ "BVD: Basispartij voor Vernieuwing en Democratie". NOS Nieuws (in Dutch). 26 March 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-05-21. Retrieved 2018-05-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ Suriname. "Suriname - Paramaribo".
  11. ^ "PERSONEN". Trouw (in Dutch). 2001-01-08. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
Political offices
Preceded by Prime Minister of Suriname
Succeeded by
Preceded by Vice President of Suriname
Succeeded by