Consultations about new government begin today: St. Maarten Prime Minister hand-delivers cabinet’s resignation to governor

POSTED: 05/9/12 2:06 PM

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams hand-delivered her cabinet’s resignation to Governor drs. Eugène Holiday around five o’clock yesterday afternoon. Vice Prime Minister Theo Heyliger, Education Minister Rhoda Arrindell, Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto, Economic Affairs Minister Franklin Meyers, Justice Minister Roland Duncan and Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever all handed in their official resignation to the Prime Minister beforehand. A copy of the letter will be forwarded to the parliament.

Governor Holiday informed the Prime Minister that he will consider the resignation. He called upon the ministers and the Minister Plenipotentiary to continue their duties in the interest of St. Maarten until a decision has been taken about the resignation.

The governor decided to start consultations directly following the request for resignation to arrive at the formation of a new cabinet. The consultations will take place today and tomorrow with the vice-chair of the advisory council, the president of parliament and the leaders of all political parties that have a seat in the parliament.

Earlier this week, Wescot-Williams indicated that “those who have taken the responsibility to govern must truly lead by example.”

She also indicated that interim elections ought to be the last resort. However, with the cabinet’s resignation this option no longer exists, because such elections would only occur after the government dissolves the parliament.

“If certain laws are not amended or further worked out, dissolving parliament and calling for new elections will only be a solution until the next political disagreement,” Wescot-Williams said. “While politics will be politics, it is for the sake of all of our people that we do not have the luxury to draw political divides across our country. This is a first for country St. Maarten and I believe it is my duty, especially at this present moment, to ensure that the foundation that is laid for future generations is solid.”

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