WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The last remaining member of the new cabinet in Curacao, Elsa Rozendal, will be sworn in as minister of education, science, culture and sport on January 9, according to the former ‘formateur’ and the new minister of finance, Kenneth Gijsbertha.
Until then, Prime Minister Hensley Koeiman will take care of the ministry of education.
Rozandal will have to resign as Member of Parliament first before taking her oath as minister. She did not want to resign as an MP because of some internal problems in her party (MAN) about who should succeed her in parliament.
There were some pre-election agreements between the candidates on the ballot about personal votes and who should be an MP. According to the party leaders, the internal issues have been resolved and the MAN MPs are ready to take their places in Parliament.
The absence of minister of education-designate Rozendal from the swearing-in of the members of the new cabinet on December 23 resulted in a potential constitutional crisis for the new government in Curacao.
The vacant seats in Parliament of the seven new ministers had not yet been filled, nor were their replacements named.
Curacao now has only 14 sworn Members of Parliament, including Rosendal because seven elected MPs were sworn in as ministers on December 23. Currently, the new coalition government has only four MPs to support it, leaving the opposition with a majority of members.
According to political experts, the ministers should have given up their seats in Parliament first and then waited until the new MPs are sworn in before taking the oath as the new government.
Republished with permission of the Curacao Chronicle