Opposition party PAR negotiating to join coalition
WILLEMSTAD – Opposition party PAR will possibly join the coalition. This is according to various sources after hours of crisis talks with the ruling party Pueblo Soberano and PAIS.
It is expected that the Prime Minister, Dr. Ben Whiteman will go to the Governor today to offer the resignation of his government. Whiteman will thereby possibly ask the governor to give him about a week to allow time to rearrange the old cabinet.
The advantage of a caretaker government is that the parliament can normally hold the scheduled meetings this week. PAR is willing to join the government in exchange for the post of Minister of Economic Development.
Coalition partner PAIS, which now holds this portfolio, has agreed to this demand. PAR also wanted the post of Minister Plenipotentiary, which is currently being held by the ruling party Pueblo Soberano (PS), but the PS indicated that this ministerial post is attached to the Prime Minister. In exchange the PAR agreed to the post of Minister of Health, Environment and Nature.
PAR did indicate though that the current Minister Plenipotentiary, Marvelyne Wiels must step down for them to join the coalition. “Maybe they cannot give us that ministerial post, but we will not work with Marvelyne Wiels,” said the PAR leader, Zita Jesus-Leito MP.
The presence of coalition partner PAIS in parliament is, since the departure of Marilyn Moses MP last Friday, smaller. In that sense it is expected that the party would have to surrender a ministerial post. ON the other hand the party believes that the PS should also give up something to save the government.
The parties will continue today with the negotiations.