Samuel returns to legislature two years early

POSTED: 06/11/12 1:13 PM

St. Maarten – Members of Parliament will review the credentials of their newest colleague drs Rodolphe Emile Samuel at a public plenary session at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday. Their approval will clear the way for Samuel to be sworn in by Governor drs Eugene Holiday. Samuel will be taking up the seat left vacant when National Alliance leader William Marlin resigned last month to become Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Housing, Physical Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (Vromi).

The baker and supermarket owner will be the 19th person in the country’s history to take the oath. His term in parliament also puts him back in a legislative function as he’s a former member of the Parliament of the Netherlands Antilles and former member of the Island Council. Samuel’s swearing in will also put him back in the legislature two years earlier than even he predicted.

“You can do four years of good work and still not get re-elected, but as I leave now, I know I will be back because four years from now, you have to choose again,” Samuel said on October 4, 2010 in his last meeting as a member of the Island Council.

Other business

The actual first item on Tuesday’s agenda is the approval of decision lists of plenary public meetings. Members of Parliament are also scheduled to elect a new first and second vice president. Based on the political accord for the formation of the National Alliance/Democratic Party/I-3 coalition Independent Member of Parliament Romain Laville become 1st Vice President and the 2nd vice chairman will be appointed by the Democratic Party. The election is necessary based on subsection 3 of Article of parliament’s rules of order.

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