First State of the St. Maarten Nation to last roughly 30 minutes

POSTED: 09/13/11 1:02 PM

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Governor drs Eugene Holiday is expected to take just about 30 minutes to deliver his first State of the Nation Address. The speech, which will be delivered during the ceremonial opening of the 2011/2012 parliamentary year, contains the government’s major policy initiatives for the coming year.
Activities surrounding the ceremonial opening of the new parliamentary year 2011-2012 begin at 9.30 a.m. today with the arrival of guests at the House of Parliament. Governor Eugene Holiday and his entourage are scheduled to arrive in Philipsburg between 9:30 a.m. and 9:55 a.m. to begin the ceremony with an inspection of uniform troops comprising of the St. Maarten Police, the St. Maarten Voluntary Corps and the Marines.
President of Parliament Gracita Arrindell is expected to enter the House of Parliament at 9:55 a.m. followed by the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers. The formal opening of the meeting and welcome will be done at 10:00 a.m. This will precede the moment of silence and the appointment of a Reception and Departure Committee.
Once the committee is installed the meeting will be adjourned so the committee members can proceed to the front of the parliament building to await the governor’s arrival. Once there the governor will be led to the General Assembly Chamber, where he will be welcomed by the President of Parliament and invited to deliver his State of the Nation Address.
Once the address is completed Arrindell will thank the governor and declare the new parliamentary year open. Immediately thereafter the governor and his entourage will be escorted from the General Assembly Chamber by the committee who will then return for the formal closing of the meeting.
The address and opening will be followed by a military parade on the Wilhelmina Straat and a reception at Sheer that is being hosted by the President of Parliament.
Tuesday’s speech will be aired live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 20 from 9:30 a.m. People will also be able to follow it on radio and via the internet on parliament’s website: www.sxmparliament.org.
Because of the ceremony the paid paid-parking lot at Clem Labega Square will be closed to the general public from early Tuesday morning until 2.00 p.m. because the lot will be used to provide parking for the dignitaries who will be attending the ceremonial opening of the new parliament year.

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