Published On: Thu, Jan 3rd, 2013

Requirements don’t count for minister plenipotentiary

WILLEMSTAD – The minister plenipotentiary of Curaçao in The Hague does not fall under the same regulation as that of the prevailing regulation for ministers of Curaçao, stated former formateur, also jurist, Glenn Camelia. With this he responds to the current discussion on Roderick ‘Roy’ Pieters, who is to hold this position. Pieters is not a resident of Curaçao, nor has he taken the oath (yet) as the new minister plenipotentiary in the Netherlands. As Pieters is not a resident of Curaçao, many believe he cannot become a minister. In this respect they refer to article 30, section 1 of the Constitution of the country Curaçao. This article namely states that to become a minister ‘he/she must be a resident of Curaçao, have the Dutch nationality and not be excluded from suffrage’. However, Camelia subsequently referred to section 2 of this article in which positions are assigned that are not compatible with the position of ministers. The position of minister plenipotentiary is mentioned under letter ‘F’.

“This means you cannot be a minister if you are a minister plenipotentiary. In other words, the rules for the ministerial office do not apply for the position of minister plenipotentiary. Article 33, section 2 of the Constitution of the country Curaçao also mentions nine ministries. We would have ten ministers if the position of minister plenipotentiary was included”, said Camelia.

The former formateur also stated that the position of the minister plenipotentiary is not a ministerial post because if falls under the responsibility of the Minister of General Affairs. Also article 38 of the Constitution mentions the positions that are not compatible with that of a minister plenipotentiary. This article further mentions that a minister plenipotentiary cannot be a minister at the same time, said Camelia.

Not in office yet

The fact remains that Pieters is officially still not in office. For that matter, he was present with the administration of oath of the members of the new cabinet on Monday, December 31st. He also attended the first meeting of the Council of Ministers of the new cabinet. PS-leader Helmin Wiel subsequently emphasized that the minister plenipotentiary is in fact a high official post that falls under that of the minister of General Affairs. “Although Sheldry Osepa wanted his name put on the candidate-list of the MFK this wasn’t allowed because he was registered in the Netherlands. To hold the post one must be registered in the Netherlands, not on Curaçao”, said Wiels.

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