Published On: Mon, Jun 3rd, 2013

Prime Minister of Curaçao about his successor: not a strong leader

Hodge and WielsWILLEMSTAD – The next Premier of Curaçao, Ivar Asjes, is not the leader that the island needs. He is controversial and does not enjoy public confidence. If something goes wrong in the Government of Curacao, Netherlands should not hesitate to intervene. This is according to Prime Minister Daniel Hodge of Curaçao in an interview in the Dutch website Trouw.

Hodge fears that it will go wrong in Curacao. His government will step down in a few days to make way for a new government led by the controversial Ivar Asjes. Asjes is the number two of the Pueblo Soberano (PS), the largest political party on the island. The leader of the PS, Helmin Wiels, was shot almost a month ago. Since then, the PS erupted in a fierce power struggle which Asjes seems to have won. Last week he announced that he is going to be the new Prime Minister of the island. Much of the party executive have since resigned.

"Wiels is less than a month dead and his party is already a mess. That makes little hopeful." Curaçao does not need a leader who is looking for power, says Hodge. "Curaçao needs a powerful leader who has the confidence of the population. Ivar Asjes is not a strong leader."

The Government-Hodge was appointed on New Year's Eve and had half a year to implement strong measures to help to get the island healthy. In the Government-Hodge there are no politician. Hodge is bank manager.

Source: Trouw

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