Published On: Mon, Oct 12th, 2015

Premier: “I respect the decision of my party to solve their problems internally”

Pueblo-Soberano-Ben-WhitemanWILLEMSTAD – The former Prime Minister of Curaçao, Ivar Asjes stepped down on August 31 of this year. He was forced to step down after he had lost the support of the Members of Parliament of his own party. Questions about why he had to resign have not been answered yet.

Recently, the Parliament of Curaçao has once again asked the Asjes’ successor, Dr. Ben Whitmen about the reasons for the dismissal of the former Premier. “I have been told at the time that we are in a political crisis. On this basis, Pueblo Soberano (PS) asked me to lend a helping hand until they find a suitable Prime Minister,” said Whiteman during the weekly press conference of the Council of Ministers.

“We can speculate about a lot of things. I have been asked to temporarily man the position,” said Whiteman. He states that he was told that there were several reasons, but the party did not find it expedient at that time to go into them. Whiteman also indicated that the party and the former Prime Minister had serious differences on many issues concerning the policies of the government.

The Prime Minister also said that “we in Curaçao tend to focus too much on negativity”. “If we do not focus on the positive side of things, we will not go forward.” He admits that the current political conditions are not ideal, “but if we all have our noses in the same direction, we can come to a solution.” The focus should be, he said, on serving the public interest. “I ask for understanding here.”

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