Published On: Mon, Nov 16th, 2015

A new coalition in the making

Ben_WhitemanWILLEMSTAD – Leaders of the old coalition together with the opposition party PAR have been negotiating all weekend with the Prime Minister of Curaçao, Dr. Ben Whiteman about the possibility to form a new government based on the support of 12 in the Parliament of Curaçao.

According to a representative of the coalition, the parties have signed a willingness agreement, which is the path to a new government for the island. Whiteman will take this agreement to the Governor of Curaçao. HE Lucille George-Wout as proof that there is a willingness among the parties to continue negotiating the formation of a new government.

The new coalition will consist of the current ruling party Pueblo Soberano (PS), PAIS, the People's National Party (PNP), Independent MP Glenn Sulvaran and the current opposition party PAR.

Now that the willingness agreement has been signed, the doors have been opened for further negotiations such as which ministries each party will get. According to PAIS, everything has to go back on the table. “All ministries are negotiable.”

Now that PAIS has lost one seat in parliament with the resignation of Dr. Marilyn Moses, they will have to give up at least one ministerial post.

Since the beginning of the negotiations PAR indicated that they want the ministerial post of Economic Development. They also want the position of the Minister Plenipotentiary in The Hague. This last demand became a problem between the PS and the PAR, which caused the PS to instruct its Prime Minister to resign and to request the Governor to call early elections.

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