WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Curacao has a new coalition government agreement, but the island will have to wait a little while longer for the new administration because the screening and background check of the candidate-ministers has not yet been completed.
Prime Minister-designate, Hensley Koeiman. Photo: Dick Drayer
On Thursday, the prime minister-designate, Hensley Koeiman, indicated his plans for the next four years.
The government, which consists of Koeiman’s socialist party MAN, the Christian Democratic PNP, the liberal PAR and independence party Pueblo Soberano (PS), wants to focus on strengthening the economy, good governance and the fight against corruption.
During the formation process, Koeiman also hinted Curacao has to address the influence the Netherlands has on the island through the so-called consensus Statute Laws. Through these laws the Netherlands keeps an eye on finance, justice and police. The Netherlands has too much influence and Koeiman wants to change that.
Even the word referendum was mentioned during the negotiations. Koeiman and his party referred to the fact that they never agreed to the current autonomous status and that the Curacao people might have to leave the Dutch Kingdom one day.
However, it will not go that far yet. The words political structure or referendum have been deleted from the coalition agreement. Koeiman said that it is about Curacao being emancipated and focusing about its own development and dignity.
Republished with permission of the Curacao Chronicle