Published On: Mon, Apr 14th, 2014

MFK: ‘Dictatorship making its way in parliament’

ThodeWILLEMSTAD – In a letter to Parliament, the MFK MP Amerigo Thode accused the President of being a dictatorship in his way of dealing with the opposition. “It’s not the first time that you are guilty of violating the Parliamentary Rules and Regulations and especially when it has to do with the opposition parties, in this case the MFK faction in the Curacao Parliament,” Thode indicated to the President of Parliament, Marcoline ‘Mike’ Franco.

An incident took place during the Central Committee meeting of Parliament, which was requested by the coalition party Pueblo Soberano (PS). The meeting ended with a heavy discussion between the coalition partners, in which you suggested that the coalition MPs could bring forth their questions and points of order, given them the opportunity to do this without even asking anything. “However, when it was my turn to use my right of speech, you interrupted me and to unilaterally take away my right to speak in Parliament. I didn’t do anything to deserve this,” Thode indicated.

“I believe that a President of Parliament should know better and should also comply with the Parliamentary Rules and Procedures. You are a President who wants to dictate and manipulate with your way of chairing the meetings. You didn’t even have the decency to tell me why you took away my right during that meeting. On the contrary, you were the one who did not comply with article 77 of the rules and procedures.”

Thode also said in his letter that he cannot accept that the President of Parliament disrespects a representative of the people. “The President cannot practice arbitrariness. This is not acceptable in Parliament. I really hope that you take good note of this letter and I hope to receive your response as soon as possible.”

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