September 20, 2012 8:45 AM
WIILLEMSTAD — Independent parliamentarian Dean Rozier, whom a majority had recently chosen as chairman of the Parliament, suggested to the members of the Parliament of Curaçao that Bob Wit, former member of the Joint Court of Justice and currently member of the Caribbean Court of Justice, is asked to give a judgment or opinion on the current judicial disputes.
Rozier wrote this in a letter to all members. However, chairman of the Parliament Ivar Asjes (PS), whom a minority of the parliamentarians acknowledges as chairman of the Parliament, rejects the proposal.
According to Rozier, these differences of opinion mainly regard the legal validity of the decision, which according to several parliamentarians was taken by the chairman of the Parliament not to honor the request of those parliamentarians to convene a public meeting; the legal validity of the decision, which according to several parliamentarians was taken by the chairman of the Parliament not to convene any public meetings of the Parliament until the elections; the legal validity of the meetings held respectively on September 10th and 13th this year whereby the majority of the parliamentarians was present; the legal validity of the decisions, including those of permission of dismissal and of appointing a chairman and a vice-chairman of the Parliament, taken in a meeting where the majority was present; the legal validity of decision to approve votes of no-confidence taken in a meeting where the majority was present and in connection with this the permissibility of a vote of no-confidence, adopted by a Parliament in dissolution and directed against a resigned cabinet.
“I am of the opinion that the continuation of these differences of opinion are not in the interest of our country and that parliamentarians should strive to end these differences of opinion by obtaining an authoritative opinion or judgment”, said Rozier. He suggests that the opposite viewpoints are presented in writing to Wit, who enjoys great authority and trust on Curaçao.
However, Asjes disagrees with Rozier. He is of the opinion that Rozier’s request should be seen as an attempt to take decisions outside the Parliament and to designate them later on as decisions of the Parliament. According to him, there must be substantiated reasons to request external advice on matters concerning the Parliament. He said there are no such reasons. Neither does Asjes support Rozier’s suggestion to ask Wit for his opinion. He pointed out that Wit had already given his opinion on the current events on Curaçao. Wit attaches importance to the opinions of the majority of the members of the Parliament.
WILLEMSTAD – Statenvoorzitter Ivar Asjes heeft het voorstel van de Statenvoorzitter van het afgesplitste parlement, Dean Rozier, afgewezen. Rozier heeft voorgesteld om rechter Bob de Wit te laten oordelen over de huidige situatie in de Staten. Volgens Asjes is het voorstel niet conform de staatsregeling.
Op de eerste plaats wil Asjes opmerken dat ‘recentelijk meer pogingen zijn gedaan om besluiten te nemen buiten het parlement om’. “Wat dat betreft, refereer ik naar artikel 56, lid 1 van de Staatsregeling van Curaçao. Volgens dit artikel, kan het parlement uitsluitend debatteren of besluiten nemen in een vergadering. De Staten mogen alleen beraadslagen of besluiten nemen, indien meer dan de helft van het aantal zitting hebbende leden bij de vergadering aanwezig is.”
“Dit betekent dat ik moet constateren dat wat Rozier vraagt in zijn brief, is dat het parlement een besluit neemt buiten een openbare vergadering, wat niet conform de Staatsregeling van Curaçao is.” Tot slot stelt Asjes vast dat Rozier ‘informatie mist’. Volgens Asjes heeft de krant Amigoe op 14 september al de mening van Bob de Wit over de situatie in de Staten gepubliceerd. Daarmee wordt het voorstel van Rozier overbodig.