WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The political party Pueblo Soberano has won the election in Curacao, defeating former prime minister Gerrit Schotte’s party, the Movimentu Futuro Korsou (MFK), which came in second.
The three parties of the former coalition (MFK, Pueblo Soberano and MAN) received approximately 54 percent of the vote. They won an extra seat compared to previous elections.
Pueblo Soberano has the same number of seats as MFK but, with the largest popular vote, it will have the right to lead in the formation of a government. It will also have the right to choose a prime minister for Curacao.
It is not clear yet if PS leader Helmin Wiels will become prime minister of Curacao or if he will appoint someone else to this post. Negotiations will start immediately after all the results are in.
The three parties will likely continue their cooperation under the leadership of Pueblo Soberano, because there are no alternative coalitions available. However, the atmosphere between Pueblo Soberano and MFK is one of hatred and envy.
The biggest loser was the former ruling party Partido Alternativa Real (PAR), which in the last election came in as the largest but ended up in the opposition. PAR ended third this time around. Fourth was the new party Partido pa Adelanto i Inovashon Soshal (PAIS).
Pueblo Soberano will have 5 seats in parliament; MFK 5 seats also, PAR 4 seats, newcomer PAIS 4 seats, MAN 2 seats and PNP 1 seat.
The election in Curacao was necessary because two members of parliament from the former government defected to the opposition.
The Pueblo Soberano advocates independence for Curacao but the people must have the opportunity to choose in a referendum, according to the party.
Wiels declared to the media that he wants to wait until the time is right. “This result means that our party continues to grow and that the consciousness of my people continues to grow. Consciousness towards independence and autonomy is increasing.”
Republished with permission of the Curacao Chronicle