Published On: Tue, Nov 13th, 2012

Information process extended till Friday 16

WILLEMSTAD - Acting Governor Adele van der Pluijm Vrede gave Informateur Glenn Camelia until Friday November 16 to report on his findings for the formation of a new government. This was announced by the Cabinet of the Governor yesterday late in the afternoon.  When Camelia was asked on October 25 to inform on the possibility of a cabinet from whose composition does justice to the election, he had till November 5 the time. Later it was extended till yesterday, November 12 where he had to turn in his final report.

But yesterday the Governor awarded the Informateur until the 16, exactly four weeks after the Curaçao Parliamentary Elections held on Friday October 19. The reason seems to be the optimism about being able to accomplish his assignment. Because, according to the press release from the Office of the Governor, the informateur indicates in his report to van der Pluijm Vrede that “He expects that the information process will be completed in a short term and in a way that does justice to the assignment he was given.”

That mission was and involves formation of a government that relies on a broad majority in parliament, which demonstrates a sense of urgency in addressing the challenges for Curacao. A government that is willing and able to commit to the implementation of a program with measures for the coming years, in which the priorities will be developed.

The Informant has the consent of election winner PS (5 seats), PAIS (4) and PNP (1), together 10 of the 21 seats in parliament. MFK (5) and MAN (2) now form a block and there is a deadlock. Last weekend, Pueblo Soberano leader Helmin Wiels proposed a so called “Assignment Government” where he offers himself and PAR (4 seats) to bring unity back in Curacao. This government should be temporary and consist of experts.

Camelia was on Bonaire yesterday, but as of today he will resume the (informal) discussions. The coming days are crucial for the success of any such “Assignment Cabinet” and with PAR it can count on 14 seats; which is the 'large majority' that the Acting Governor asked for. Parties will likely have a "media silence" and leave all the communications to the Informateur.

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