Tension between PNP leader and Minister Balborda
WILLEMSTAD - Political leader of the coalition party PNP, Humphrey Davelaar officially announced to his coalition partners PAIS, Pueblo Soberano (PS) and Independent MP, Glenn Sulvaran that the Minister of Traffic, Transport and Urban Planning, Earl Balborda, who was appointed by the PNP, no longer has his support.
Davelaar made this announcement just before an emergency meeting between him, the PNP Board and Balborda about the situation.
PNP board member Kenneth Martis suggested just before the emergency meeting that the board of the party does not share the opinion of its political leader.
Martis indicated during a radio interview that this is not in accordance with the agreements that they have made on Monday. “It was agreed that we will meet, but now we hear that Davelaar made these statements to the other partners in the coalition.”
The board of the coalition party came together to discuss Balborda’s position. Martis denied this morning that it was decided in the meeting that Balborda should be dismissed.
Martis said that in the meeting they decided that all parties should be heard. This should take place on Thursday this week. “But we can meet earlier if there is a need for this, especially seeing the current developments,” said the Board member.
It is common knowledge that the relation between the PNP leader and his minister has not been the best lately. Also, the minister is not suitable for a group of party members, who blame him of not following his leader’s policies.
Two weeks back there was an attempt to present a motion of no confidence against Balborda at a general meeting of the PNP. Eventually the proposal was not put to a vote. But the position of Balborda has been under pressure since then.