Published On: Sun, Sep 2nd, 2012

VBC: ‘President of Parliament committed coup’

WILLEMSTAD – "The President of Parliament suspended indefinitely all parliamentary meetings since August 24, under the pretext that he was not cooperating  with a parliamentary coup organized by the opposition. With this act, the President did not prevent a coup, but committed one himself, "according to the  Association of Companies Curacao (VBC).

VBC reported in a press release that they strongly condemn the actions and conduct of the President of Parliament. "Discussion and participation of the Parliament were not allowed and he took this decision unilaterally. The depreciation of the Parliament, the supreme body of the country Curaçao, is undemocratic, illegal and illegitimate."

Abuse of power
Furthermore the VBC calls these actions from the President of Parliament 'abuse' and 'dictatorial'. "It is outrageous and unacceptable that the President takes a decision on his own to ban the Parliament from meeting and speaking" according to VBC.

Letter
Twelve members of Parliament sent a letter to the governor with a request to "restore democracy and form an interim government." The suspended Parliament meeting of August 24, the meeting were the members were suppose t  submit a motion of no confidence, was the reason for the letter. President of Parliament Mr.  Ivar Asjes saw no need for the meeting to continue as there are new elections on October 19. The members of Parliament now expect the Governor to intervene.

Protests
According to the VBC this action should be expanded as soon as possible, in order to restore democracy. "An urgent appeal to all members of Parliament to us all lawful resources to achieve this goal." the Association thinks here of the startup of civil and administrative procedures, organizing information and awareness campaigns and organizing large joint protest actions.

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