Opinion: Formation

POSTED: 10/23/12 3:00 PM

Acting Governor Adèle van der Pluijm-Vrede has begun her consultations in the run-up to the formation of a new government in Curacao but the question is already how useful this is, since Pueblo Soberano, MFK and MAN apparently have already started their own negotiations.
Word on the street is that Wiels will pass on the post of prime minister and that he will leave this to Ivar Asjes.
It would not surprise us at all if Wiels simply opted to remain in parliament, because that’s where he is able to make the most noise. As a member of the cabinet, let alone as the prime minister, he would actually have to take responsibility and that does not seem to be his strong point so far.
The signals Wiels have given so far do not promise a lot of good. While the new government has not even been formed yet, he already announced that Central Bank President Emsley Tromp ought to vacate his position by yesterday. He also demands the resignation of the chairman of the Council of Advice.
All in all, these are not the signals one would expect from a politician with respect for democratic principles. Wiels has always been a loudmouth, but he has also been a very clever politician who has connected with the poor people in his country.
The way Wiels went to the polls on Friday seems like a stroke of genius: dressed in coveralls and wearing a hard hat his message to his voters was: I’m one of you.
The big question is whether Curacao will benefit from a government with Wiels in command. Because that much is clear: whomever Pueblo Soberano puts on the chair of the prime minister, this character will dance to the tune of its leader.
Wiels tenure will mean more chaos at the embattled Central Bank and it will probably spell disaster for the country’s equally embattled economy.
But then, this is what the electorate has voted for. The elections have been fair and there have been no reports of major incidents. That MFK-leader Schotte has asked for a vote recount seems a mere formality. He will not seriously believe that such a recount will turn the tables on Wiels.
In the meantime, the resignation of Governor Goedgedrag is obviously not a sign that things will calm down in Curacao. The governor has cited health reasons for his resignation and while everybody should respect his decision and also the reason given, it seems too much of a coincidence that Wiels won the elections and that the Governor who has served the Antilles in similar offices since 1992 now resigns.
For now, we’ll have to await the outcome of the formation process, even though this seems to have run its course before it even started. The old coalition will return in a slightly different make up – unless the MAN finds reasons to pull the plug on a venture led by Wiels. If that happens, all odds are off and Curacao will head for more political and social unrest.

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