Published On: Thu, Mar 17th, 2016

Schotte: MPs do not adhere to oath of allegiance

SchotteWILLEMSTAD - The 12 MPs who want the convicted Gerrit Schotte to step down have broken their oath of allegiance. This is according to the MFK leader and former Prime Minister of Curaçao, Gerrit Schotte in a letter to the President of Parliament, Marcolino Franco.

The 12 MPs, according to Schotte, have to treat the former Prime Minister as an innocent man until his conviction is final. This means that he will have to go through the court of appeals first. Last week Friday, Schotte was convicted of corruption.

Schotte believes that the Members of Parliament do not respect the constitution. And thus give a bad example to the people. Schotte also states in his letter that the 12 MPs are only trying to gain political capital out of his conviction.

With his letter, Schotte indicated that he will remain in Parliament against the wishes of the majority.

According to a political expert, Schotte clearly shows again that he does not have respect for the democracy. When he was asked to resign as Prime Minister by a majority in Parliament, he refused and instead hid himself in Fort Amsterdam and accuse Parliament of staging a coup.

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