Plasterk: “Governors serve the interests of The Hague”
WILLEMSTAD – The Governors of the countries of Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten serve primarily the interests of The Hague and not that of the country where they are. They are representatives of the King, who is the head of the Kingdom Government.
This was the answer given to the Dutch Members of Parliament by the Minister of Kingdom Relations Ronald Plaster. The Dutch MPs had questions about the position of the Governor, especially after there were disagreements between the Dutch Government and the Aruban Government on the appointment of an Aruban Governor.
The Aruban Government wanted the current Minister of Finance Angel Bermudez to be appointed as Governor of the island. But instead, the Dutch Government appointed the Aruban Minister Plenipotentiary Alfonso Boekhoudt as the new Governor per January 1, 2017. The Aruban Prime Minister Mike Eman reacted angrily and even dismissed his Minister Plenipotentiary in The Hague. After a brief meeting between Eman and Plasterk, the Aruban Government had to accept Boekhoudt as their new Governor.
According to Plastkerk, it is preferable to appoint a candidate that has a broad support of the Kingdom Council of Ministers. He confirms in so many words that the candidate recommended by Ariba, Minister Angel Bermudez, does not have that support. The Netherlands does not see him as their representative on that island.
Photo: Plasterk (archive)