WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Acting governor of Curacao, Adele van der Pluijm-Vrede, started on Monday with consultations on the formation of a new cabinet. Consultations will continue on Tuesday with the deputy chairman of the Advisory Board, the president of parliament and the minister of state.
Finally, she will speak with all the leaders of the political parties that received one or more seats in parliament. On Sunday it was announced that the formation of the new Cabinet was already in motion following Friday’s elections.
Meanwhile, Helmin Wiels, leader of the largest party after the provisional results Pueblo Soberano (PS), said that Curacao must become independent in about ten years, Algemeen Dagblad reported.
First, however, the economy and the labour force must be improved. According to Wiels, the country needs professionals that can be trained through free education.
Wiels said that Curacao has clearly opted against interference by the Netherlands.
It is likely that the parties MAN, MFK and PS will form a coalition. When asked who the prime minister will be, Wiels did not respond.
In the meantime, the governor of Curacao, Frits Goedgedrag, has formally asked the Queen of the Dutch Kingdom, Queen Beatrix to accept his resignation as governor. He cited health problems as the reason for his decision.
Goedgedrag was the first governor of Curacao as an autonomous country within the Dutch Kingdom. He was also the last governor of the former Netherlands Antilles.
Republished with permission of the Curacao Chronicle