Curaçao’s New Government Still under Discussion

The Curaçao Chronicle writes that one of the political parties in Curaçao, MAN, insists that, in the light of the current situation, it wants Pueblo Soberano (PS), Movementu Futuro Korsou (MFK), which is the party headed by former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte, and MAN, to form a coalition government. Until recently, another party, PAR, was not expected to take part of the soon-to-be formed new government. Party leader Emily de Jongh-Elhage was miffed that the party was not invited to sign the willingness declaration. The three parties PS (5 seats), PAIS (4 seats) and PNP (1 seat) now together with independent member Glenn Sulvaran were expected to start negotiations to form a new government for Curaçao.

Within the PAR, the exclusion did not come as a surprise because “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.”

However, after PAR rejected the proposals from the Informateur, citing that the documents presented do not contain what has been negotiated, now the four parties have reached common ground. The four parties—Pueblo Soberano (PS), PAR, PAIS and PNP—have signed a document expressing willingness to form a government together.

Informateur Glenn Camelia will inform the Acting Governor Adele van der Pluijm-Vrede about the information process and the willingness to form a government.

If this willingness agreement leads to the forming of a government, says the article, then it will be a historic day. PS had recently expressed that they are not willing to work with PAR; however, Helmin Wiels stated that to heal wounds and to bring unity between the people of Curaçao, “it is imperative that the two parties work on reconciliation in a coalition and solve the financial problems of the island.”

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