Interim Government bids farewell
WILLEMSTAD - The interim government came together yesterday afternoon for the last meeting. Prime Minister Mr. Stanley Betrian, Minister of Finance Dr. Jose Jardim, Minister of Economic Development Mr. Cornelis Smits, Minister Transportation, Communication and Urban Planning Dominique Adriaens and Minister of Public Health, Environment and Labor Stanley Bodok each had an opportunity to say farewell to the media. The only one returning in the transitional Government is Dr. Jose Jardim as Minister of Finance. He was appointed by the Independent Member of Parliament Glenn Sulvaran (former member for PAR).
According to the outgoing Prime Minister, the Interim Government has fulfilled its duty and assignments given by former Governor of Curacao Mr. Frits Goedgedrag. Those assignments were; prepare for upcoming Parliament elections (held on October 19, 2012), restore democracy back in Parliament, restore relations in the Kingdom, attend to the financial situation of the island and prepare measures to screen each candidate minister after elections.
The interim Government has also brought back peace and tranquility after some tumultuous times during the last months of the Government headed by former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte. According to Schotte there was a coup against his Government. This news brought international attention to Curacao and put the island in a negative spot.
Betrian: “We had to limit ourselves to the assignments given by the Governor. We have a balanced budget for 2013. There is more to do, but that's up to the new government.”