Published On: Tue, Sep 17th, 2013

No ‘White House’ for Prime Ministers of Curacao

ZuurzakWILLEMSTAD – Curacao will not have its own ‘White House’ for the Prime Minister. This is according to the current Prime Minister of Curacao, Ivar Asjes. Asjes indicated that work was begun on an official residence of the Prime Minister of Curacao during Gerrit Schotte’s term in office. “The Prime Minister has never had an official residence and it is not really necessary to have one either. Seeing the current financial situation of the island it would not be a smart thing to do either,” Asjes explained.

Former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte’s idea was to turn the former Lieutenant-Governor’s official residence, plantation house Sorsaka, into the Prime Minister’s official residence. This plantation house was constructed in 1725 and since 1977 served as the official residence of the Lieutenant-Governor (like a major) of Curacao till October 10, 2010 when Curacao became an autonomous country within the Dutch Kingdom.

The only Government official who has an official residence is the Governor of Curacao, who resides in the Fort Amsterdam Palace in Willemstad.

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