WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Governor of Curacao, Frits Goedgedrag, has this week received legal advice concerning the request of 12 members of Parliament to form an interim government.
On the advice of lawyers Grüning and Koeijers, the request will not be granted. However, he indicated that the Parliament should have opportunities to consider.
The governor pointed out that it is up to the members of Parliament to take steps to break current political impasse.
“In addition, the Parliament needs to have the opportunity to consider the situation. If the majority is of the opinion that an outgoing minister needs to leave immediately, it is up to the majority to adopt a motion of no confidence by formal ruling. This way, they can show that said minister does not have the support of the majority in Parliament,” he said.
According to the governor’s legal advisers, it is important that the members of Parliament jointly take responsibility for the process: “Action by the governor as [representative of the Netherlands] is still not addressed. In the interest of Curacao and its young democracy, it is desirable first to find all possible solutions. However, the governor must be considered as ‘last resort’ when the Parliament cannot solve the situation itself. He will then examine ways to restore and to ensure democracy.”
Republished with permission of the Curacao Chronicle