WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- On Thursday, the process of screening the new ministers in the interim government started in Curacao. Dito Mendes de Gouveia, who has been appointed to form an interim government, delivered his report to the Governor Frits Goedgedrag. According to reports, the list of appointments was completed and Mendes de Gouveia has a majority in Parliament to support the new government. He also has the candidates who support the appointments by the governor and who could form a government.
Now comes the most essential part, which is the screening of these candidates. The governor is now out of the country for a medical checkup but the process will continue in his absence.
This is not a usual process because there is a lot of resistance from the outgoing government and the minority in parliament. And these groups either will not resign or are demanding thorough screening of each candidate. According to Mendes de Gouveia, these candidates will be screened, because he will not put anyone on his list that did not pass the screening. This is what he can guarantee to the Curacao people, he said.
Meanwhile, outgoing Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte will reportedly travel to the Netherlands to seek solutions to the impasse between the two groups in parliament and also between his government and the governor.
Republished with permission of the Curacao Chronicle