Opening parliamentary year went like clockwork

POSTED: 09/12/12 1:51 PM

St. Maarten – With a lot of ceremonial show the new parliamentary year opened yesterday morning at and around the parliament building. Based on a detailed script set up by parliament President Rodolphe Samuel the celebratory event took place like clockwork.
Streets around the parliament building were closed off for traffic in the early morning hours. A guard of honor consisting of marines, neatly dressed in their sparkling white uniforms, and the police force took up its position in the Wilhelmina Street awaiting the arrival of Governor drs. Eugène Holiday and First Lady Marie Louise Holiday-Hazel.

Guests gathered in the meeting hall on the first floor of the parliament building. Samuel appointed MPs Ruth Douglas, Roy Marlin and Romain Laville as the reception committee for the governor. All MPs with the exception of Democratic Party MP Leroy de Weever were present for the event.
After governor Holiday had finished his address, Samuel declared the new parliamentary year open.
The governor and his entourage, followed by members of parliament and invited guests then left the parliament building to attend the military parade on Front Street. When all that was done, Samuel hosted a reception at the cultural center on Back Street.

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