Published On: Sat, Oct 29th, 2016

Netherlands cannot determine who will be Governor

Koning beëdigt gouverneur Aruba (POOL)THE HAGUE – Minister Ronald Plasterk of Kingdom Relations won’t explain why the Netherlands had so much haste to swear in Alfonso Boekhoudt as the new Governor of Aruba.

Although he will start his tenure as Governor on January 1, 2017, Boekhoudt was received this week at Nordeinde Palace in The Hague by King Willem-Alexander for the swearing in ceremony.

Plasterk refuses to admit the existence of an appointment protocol established by the Kingdom Council of Ministers in 2001. The official, classified as confidential document confirms that it is only the government of the country concerned to nominate candidates for the governor’s office in that country. The Netherlands must be limited to a marginal screening of the candidate.

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