New St. Maarten cabinet takes office this afternoon

POSTED: 06/14/13 12:28 PM

Position Minister Economic Affairs remains open

St. Maarten – Governor Drs. Eugène Holiday has scheduled the appointment and swearing in of six ministers for the Wescot-Williams III-cabinet and the Minister Plenipotentiary for this afternoon at 4 p.m. at the governor’s Office in Harbor View. After the ceremony, the governor and the newly appointed ministers will hold a constituting meeting at the A.C. Wathey Legislative Hall.

Governor Holiday received the final report from formateur Wescot-Williams yesterday. “The formateur have accepted the commission to form a new government that has a majority in Parliament and that consists of Ministers who are committed to the promotion of the wellbeing of Sint Maarten and dedicated to jointly execute the UP/DP Governing Declaration, agreed upon by the coalition partners Democratic Party, United People’s Party and Independent Member of Parliament Romain Laville,” the press release states.
“The vetting of the candidate ministers and the candidate Minister Plenipotentiary, based on the pertinent regulations regulating the appointment of ministers has not produced any data that could impede their appointment,” the press release adds.

Tomorrow six ministers will take office: Sarah Wescot-Williams (Prime Minister, General Affairs), Maurice Lake (Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure), Dennis Richardson (Justice), Martin Hassink (Finance), Patricia Lourens-Philip (Education, Culture, Youth and Sports), and Van Hugh Cornelius de Weever (Public Health, Social Development and Labor). Mathias Voges will be again sworn in as Minister Plenipotentiary.

The seventh position in the cabinet for the minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunication has not been vetted yet, nor has it been made public who the candidate for the post is.

Initially Independent MP Romain Laville would get the position. UP-leader Theo Heyliger confirmed indirectly to this newspaper earlier this week that Laville would appoint “a minister other than himself.”

The press release from the governor’s cabinet does not contain any reference to the fact that Laville has flunked the screening.



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