Published On: Sat, Nov 17th, 2012

PAR remains on the side

WILLEMSTAD – PAR will not take part of the to be formed new government of Curaçao. In her own words, party leader Emily de Jongh-Elhage, expressed that she was surprised that the party was not invited to sign the willingness declaration. Meanwhile her former party colleague Glenn Sulvaran, who dissented from the PAR to continue as an independent member of parliament, did sign the declaration. The three parties PS (5 seats), PAIS (4 seats) and PNP (1 seat) now together with independent member Glenn Sulvaran can start negotiations to form a new government with a small majority of 11 members in parliament.

Within the PAR this news did not really come as a surprise since the Pueblo Soberano leader has expressed many times that cooperation with the PAR is no option, but he needed support for his, never heard of, “Assignment Government”. Now with Glenn Sulvaran, he has the needed support albeit a small support and he has also weakened his main rival PAR in parliament.

One of the reasons Sulvaran stated for his decision to sign the agreement with PS, PAIS and PNP, was that the PAR was recently negotiation with MFK and MAN to form a government. By dissenting from the PAR he would prevent this from happening. Sulvaran warned the party beforehand that he will not cooperate with the formation of a government in which PAR will work with MFK.  PAR denied these allegations.

Other parties, including PAIS and PNP, said that the PAR took unnecessarily long to discuss on the inception of the concepts interim government or "transition government". The other parties agreed on this concept, but the PAR insisted that this concept was omitted because they only received a mandate for a full political government. An intermediate solution of PAIS to incept “can be constituted” as in the final report  to the Acting Governor was not sufficient.

The question is whether this remains so because in the words of party president and member of parliament  Zita Jesus-Leito, PAR can live with the latter formulation. The PAR of 3 would therefore not be entirely excluded from the formation of the government. If they do then it will be five political parties supporting the willingness agreement, which together have the desired broad majority of two thirds, 14 of the 21.

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