By Netty Singer
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Political party Movimentu Futuro Korsou (MFK) has officially withdrawn from the willingness declaration signed earlier this week as a prelude to the formation of a new coalition government in Curacao. Former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte, leader of MFK, announced this during a press conference on Sunday night. The party apparently does not agree with how the process of forming a new cabinet is taking place.
Schotte claimed that Helmin Wiels, leader of the largest party Pueblo Soberano (PS), is not a serious negotiator, instead he constantly insults him in his radio program. MFK, PS and MAN signed a declaration together to form a coalition, but MFK is now pulling the plug.
For his part, Wiels reportedly suspects that the MFK is afraid of the results of the screening process.
“Last week we should have talked about government formation and how the current situation will be addressed. Instead, nothing else other than the screening law and eliminating the post of governor was addressed. We’re not at war with the governor, who did not participate in the election. I cannot debate with someone who has a ‘fever’, who hallucinates,” said Wiels about Schotte.
Wiels stated that the interests of PS prevail over MFK’s “fever”.
Schotte, during his statement, highlighted that Wiels only talked about independence for Curacao, but now he wants to delay this for ten years. Wiels stated that once again Schotte did not listen to what he said and that he indeed has always stated he wants independence, but this process should be carefully followed.
Schotte challenged Wiels to negotiate with other parties and form a coalition and to assume his responsibilities as prime minister.
That something is going on with the screening law is clear. Wiels declared he cannot afford to go into business with a party of which there are members with a dubious past.
“I want a clean government,” said Wiels.
However, he cannot say who else he wants to form a coalition with.
Republished with permission of the Curacao Chronicle