Published On: Mon, Jun 10th, 2013

Hodge candidate for PAR leadership

Daniel HodgeWILLEMSTAD – One of the eight candidates for the leadership of the political party PAR is former Prime Minister of Curacao and banker, Daniel Hodge. PAR is the party which was founded by the late Miguel Pourier, former Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles.

According to the Dutch newspaper Antilliaans Dagblad, they had an interview with Mr. Hodge and he said that he was asked to be one of the candidates for the leadership position in the party. A position which became vacant after the former leader and last Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles, Emily de Jongh-Elhage resigned in December of last year.

“I was asked and I answered positively. I think that it is important that there is good governance on the island, and I’ve seen that I can serve my country,” Hodge said.

Hodge did not know who the other candidates were. Up till now the other candidates are; member of Parliament and president of the party, Zita Jesus-Leito, former Commissioner of the Island Territory of Curacao, Marilyn Alcala-Walle and former Island Council member, Steven Walroud.

Hodge was presented by Pueblo Soberano (PS) to become Prime Minister in the transitional cabinet before a political Government was formed according to the election results. “This does not have any effect for me as a leader of the PAR,” Hodge said. “I was Prime Minister in a Government with professionals without any political color. I did not promote myself as a politician. I have said since the beginning that I was a passive member of the PAR,” Hodge concluded.

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