There is no coup on Curacao
WILLEMSTAD – According to different reports in the region, there is a coup on the island of Curacao. Curacao Chronicle wants to report that there is no coup in Curacao. The majority in Parliament has chosen a new Government which was sworn in today by the Acting Governor of Curacao.
Since August 3, (former) Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte has resigned, after his Government lost the majority in Parliament, and as it is customary, the Governor has taken his resignation into consideration, which is very normal in the Dutch Kingdom. Prime Minister Schotte has also dissolved Parliament and called elections on October 19, 2012.
After Schotte’s resignation, the majority in parliament consisting of the political parties PAR, PNP, FOL and the two independent members Eugene Cleopa (former MAN) and Dean Rozier (former MFK) argued that Schotte is not only handling current affairs but is starting new projects and is misusing public funds for political purposes, therefore they’ve requested the Governor to form an interim government to handle ongoing affairs and to prepare for the upcoming elections.
After careful consultation with various experts in constitutional affairs, the Governor decided to appoint mr. Eduard “Dito” Mendes de Gouveia as the formateur to form an interim government.
On September 29, the Acting Governor has sworn in the new interim government at the Governor’s palace. So reports about a coup in Curacao are not based on the truth. It’s just a democratic process which was started by the majority in parliament.