End of the road for Emily de Jongh-Elhage

POSTED: 01/15/13 12:52 PM

WILLEMSTAD—Political leader and parliament member Emily de Jongh-Elhage was replaced yesterday by Armin Konket. This marks the end of her political career, which started in the early 1990’s. Elhage announced her resignation in December, the month she turned 66.

Her decision came after her party lost 50 percent of its seats in the elections in October of last year.

De Jongh-Elhage is the last Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles, from 2006 to 2010 and well-known for her efforts to make Curacao an autonomous country within the Kingdom. She is of Lebanese descent and member of the Council of Women World Leaders.

The PAR faction is now complete with Konket, Leito and Leeflang. The PAR lost the seat taken by Glenn Sulvaran, who became an independent member and joined the current coalition. Konket is number 5 on the PAR-list and the party’s vice-president.

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