Published On: Tue, Sep 10th, 2013

New Parliamentary year officially open

Opening ParliamentWILLEMSTAD – The new Parliamentary year was officially opened this morning by the interim Governor of Curacao, Mrs. Adele van der Pluijm-Vrede. During the Governor’s opening speech, she disclosed the Government’s intentions for this coming Parliamentary year. She also spoke of the 2014 budget for the Government.

Yesterday the members of Parliament were in a fierce debate against each other on what the position of the Minister of Justice should be. “What we see today is in contrast with what happened yesterday in Parliament,” according to Minister Etienne van der Horst of Management, Planning and Services. "That's the beauty of democracy. Yesterday sixteen MP’s voted to keep Navarro as Minister of Justice. That means that we are ready for a new beginning. The Government’s policies that were introduced today are confirmed and Parliament will act as a watchdog that checks if everything is truly carried out just as we said we would do,” the Minister indicated. The Minister believes that there must be a closer cooperation between the Government and Parliament for it to succeed.

“We are ready for this new year and we have courage to deal with the challenges facing our Government,” Prime Minister Ivar Asjes said. “This is a new start with good intentions. This also means that there is a new vision for education.” When asked whether the Prime Minister thinks that the problems in our education system can be resolved he said; “I don’t think, I know they will be resolved!”

Independent member of Parliament, Omayra Leeflang thinks quite differently about the opening of the new year. "What has just been presented is not a policy, it is much too theoretical. I have heard during the speech that a new education system will be set up. How can they say that, while the government term ends in 2015? There were broken pieces in the Government’s speachwith here and there a bright spot. Things like prevention and youth are always good to continue to address. But then the Government said something about 'nation building'. “What is meant by that?” Leeflang asks. "Should we all start acting again in a certain way? I want a strong policy. A policy drawn up, in which we put together a top ten priorities and then we can say ‘let’s do it together’. “What is now presented is too formal and not well thought through,” Leeflang pointed out.

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