Dr. Bernard Whiteman new Prime Minister of Curaçao
WILLEMSTAD – Dr. Bernard Denzil Whiteman is the new Prime Minister of Curaçao. The 61-year-old doctor takes over from fellow party member, Ivar Asjes, who resigned on Monday afternoon.
Asjes, who became Prime Minister in 2013 after the murder of Helmin Wiels, will give a special press conference to explain the reason for his departure. Yesterday he was at the palace of the governor to comply with the traditions of democracy, which is to resign when there is no more support. Asjes did not want to comment about the problems and tensions between him and his party. There were a handful of supporters who told him that they will support him if he starts his own political party.
There has been tensions between the party Pueblo Soberano (PS) and the now former Prime Minister, who was accused of going his own way instead of following party orders. Recently Asjes continued to support the Minister Plenipotentiary in The Hague, Marvelyne Wiels, despite a damning report by the former Ombudsman of Curaçao, Alba Martijn.
“He has no integrity,” said the party members. A motion to give Wiels a serious warning, supported by his own party, was not carried out by Asjes.
Whiteman also does not want to say much about the background of his appointment. He said he regrets the course of events and is available only for three months as Prime Minister.
In the meantime, the party can seek a suitable successor and to present him or her for the screening process. Whiteman then returns to his present post: Minister of Public Health, Environment and Nature.