WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- After what should have been an historic moment for Curacao, when four political parties -- Pueblo Soberano (PS), Partido Alternativa Real (PAR), Partido pa Adelanto i Inovashon Soshal (PAIS) and Partido Nashonal di Pueblo (PNP) -- had reportedly signed a willingness declaration to form a coalition government, it seems that PAR has not signed after all and now says it is not willing to work with PS.
However, PAR member of parliament Glenn Sulvaran, who said he does agree with the willingness declaration, has left the party to become an independent member to support the other three coalition parties. The other three parties, together with Sulvaran, now have 11 seats in parliament, which represent a majority. This small majority is enough to form a government.
Sulvaran was one of the co-founders of PAR in 1993 after Curacao voted to stay within the Netherlands Antilles.
One of the reasons Sulvaran stated for his decision to sign the agreement with PS, PAIS and PNP, was that PAR was recently negotiating with other parties to form a government. By leaving PAR he would prevent this from happening.
Sulvaran had warned the party beforehand that he would not cooperate with the formation of a government with Movementu Futuro Korsou (MFK). PAR has denied these reports.
Meanwhile, on Friday, the official responsible for supervising the process of forming the new government, Glenn Camelia, presented his final report to the acting governor of Curacao, Adele van der Pluijm-Vrede.
Camelia informed the acting governor that an agreement has been reached on the formation of a government that can count on the support of 11 seats in the Curacao parliament. The acting governor is reportedly considering what further steps to take now.
Republished with permission of the Curacao Chronicle