Published On: Mon, Dec 8th, 2014

Four candidate ministers Sint Maarten not through screening

Sint Maarten GovernmentPHILLIPSBURG – There is still no new government of the Dutch island of Sint Maarten. Four candidate ministers who were supposed to join the Cabinet headed by Marcel Gumbs have not come out positive of the screening. This is according to reports from various media on the island.

Leroy De Weever, a former MP for the Democratic Party, is under investigation for public violence. Richard Gibson, a lawyer and former Minister of the Netherlands Antilles, is suspected of domestic violence and also of sexual harassment of a young girl.

Lawyer Peggy Lee Brandon is linked to the previous Justice Minister Ronald Duncan, who is said that he has ties to prostitution and trafficking. Lucas Berman, who is supposed to go to The Hague, came in contact with the law in his youth.

Gumbs and Richardson

Other candidates, including candidate Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs and current minister, Attorney Dennis Richardson, have passed the screening.

In early November, the National Council of Ministers in The Hague suggested stricter requirements for the screening process. According to the Netherlands, there were indications that Theo Heyliger, winner of the last elections, bought votes.

Formateur Heyliger then withdrew as a candidate for prime minister, and focused on the formation of a new cabinet. Heyliger was the winner of the elections held on 29 August.

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