Preparations underway to observe St. Maarten’s Constitution Day

POSTED: 10/7/13 12:42 PM

St. Maarten – Preparations are well underway to celebrate the third anniversary of St. Maarten achieving country status within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

A solemn session of the House of Parliament will be held to commemorate the anniversary which starts at 10 am on Thursday. The entire session of the house can be followed on radio, TV and via the internet.

Keynote speaker on Constitution Day will be Aruba’s first Prime Minister Jan Hendrik Albert “Henny” Eman. Eman was born March 20, 1948 and was Aruba’s first Prime Minister from 1 January 1, 1986 to February 9, 1989 and again from July 29, 1994 to October 30, 2001.

His grandfather also known as Henny founded the Christian Democratic Party known as the Aruban People’s Party (AVP). His father, Albert Eman, better known as Shon A. Eman, dedicated his life to Aruba’s quest for a separate status within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Henny Eman grew up in a political environment. At an early age he went to Holland where he completed his studies. In 1978 he obtained his law degree based on the thesis dealing with Aruba’s historical and judicial aspects of separate status.

Eman will present his experiences with respect to Aruba achieving its separate status when he addresses the House of Parliament in a solemn session.

The public is asked to tune in to hear the keynote address on Constitution Day along with other activities planned during the solemn session.

The parliamentary session will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 120, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the Internet www.pearlfmradio.com, and also via www.sxmparliament.org.

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