August 29, 2012 4:13 PM
WILLEMSTAD —The twelve parliamentarians currently forming a majority in the Parliament sent a letter to Governor Frits Goedgedrag, petitioning to form a new interim-cabinet that is to replace the Schotte-cabinet until the elections on 19 October.
The interim-cabinet should consist of competent persons, according to the parliamentarians.
The letter to the governor was signed by factions of the PAR, PNP, FOL and independent parliamentarians Eugene Cleopa and Dean Rozier, who hold 12 of the 21 seats in the Parliament. In this letter they urgently request Goedgedrag to consult with the faction leaders in the Parliament, the representatives of the High Councils of State, official advisory councils and the leaders of the traditional social partners. In the consultation round the governor is to make a thorough inquiry into the alarming financial-economic and social situation on the island with the purpose to form an interim-cabinet of competent personas from the community as quickly as possible.
The letter from the 12 parliamentarians preceded a letter from early August to Governor Goedgedrag. This letter was sent after the collapse of the Schotte-cabinet and a declaration of willingness signed by the parties that had 11 of the 21 seats in the Parliament (Rozier wasn’t one of the parties, (editorial office)). In that letter the governor was informed on the agreement reached and their willingness to enter into conversations on forming a new government for Curaçao. Although the governor never replied to this letter he did sign a decision from the Schotte-cabinet to dissolve the Parliament and to hold new elections on October 19th.
Since then the factions in question attempted to dismiss the Schotte-government. However, the motion or motions to realize this couldn’t be discussed in a public meeting last Friday because Chairman of the Parliament Ivar Asjes (PS) postponed the discussion of the agenda item and the meeting for an indefinite period. Asjes argued he had no intention to get involved with ‘corruption and a parliamentary coup d’état’. Since then the Parliament hasn’t held any meetings.
Governor Frits Goedgedrag is to assume his responsibility, said FOL-leader Anthony Godett, one of the 12 parliamentarians who had sent a letter to the governor, petitioning to form an interim-cabinet.