Published On: Wed, Apr 17th, 2013

Schotte: Parliament agenda on travel is ridiculous

SchotteWILLEMSTAD - A notable item on the agenda of the Curacao Parliament yesterday morning was the cause for quite a commotion. Prime Minister Daniel Hodge was invited to a meeting in which the behavior abroad of member of Parliament Gerrit Schotte was to be discussed.

According to the leader of the MFK, Gerrit Schotte the sitting of Tuesday morning was "extremely ridiculous" and "only meant to address my passport as a citizen and thus ensure that I would not travel," said the Former Prime Minister.

Schotte stressed that the meeting about his recent behavior abroad was requested by the leaders of the coalition parties, Helmin Wiels (Pueblo Soberano), Alex Rosaria (PAIS), Humphrey Davelaar (PNP) and independent member of Parliament, Glenn Sulvaran, and was initially intended as s public meeting.

Yesterday morning President of Parliament, Mike Franco (PAIS) decided that the subject can be considered as 'sensitive' and therefore will be discussed in a meeting of the leaders of the various parties in Parliament , the so called senior convent.

During a messy start of the meeting, MAN leader Charles Cooper announced that he will not to be present during this senior convent, because he rejects the way part of Parliament wants to call their colleague lawmaker to order. This is also the reason why he left the meeting in protest.

Schotte also indicated that it will not be present during the consultation on his travel behavior in a senior convent.

The coalition parties had already introduced an additional agenda item, namely a meeting with Prime Minister Daniel Hodge reports on research into oil in Curaçao waters.

Hodge stated then that he is not prepared for that meeting. Schotte then said that the whole meeting was ridiculous and the entire MFK group left the Parliament building.

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