Published On: Fri, Dec 16th, 2016

New Prime Minister promises to fight corruption

koeiman1WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao has a new coalition agreement. But the island will have to wait a little while longer for the new government because the screening and background check of the candidate-ministers has not yet been completed. Yesterday the future Prime Minister Hensley Koeiman already indicated the plans for the next four years.

The government, which consists of the socialist MAN of Koeiman, the Christian Democratic PNP, the liberal PAR and independence party Pueblo Soberano (PS), wants to focus on strengthening the economy, good governance and the fight against corruption.

During the formation process, Koeiman also hinted Curaçao has to do something with the influence the Netherlands has on the island through the so-called consensus Statute Laws. Through these laws the Netherlands keeps an eye on the finance, justice and police. The Netherlands has too much influence and Koeiman wants to change that.

Even the word referendum was mentioned during the negotiations. Koeiman and his party referred to the fact that they never agreed to the current autonomous status and that the Curaçao people might have to leave the Dutch Kingdom one day.

It will not go that far yet. The word political structure or referendum has been deleted from the coalition agreement. Koeiman says that it is about Curaçao being emancipated and focusing about its own development and dignity.

So far it does not come yet. The word political structure or referendum has been deleted from the text. Koeiman now says that it is a question that Curaçao emancipates and all should be focused on its own development and dignity.

Photo credit: Dick Drayer

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