St. Martin’s first deputy sits in opposition

POSTED: 06/18/12 12:54 PM

RRR has “no interest” in Gibbs

MARIGOT- Daniel Gibbs has been elected the Deputy for St. Martin and St. Barths in the National Assembly. The announcement was made by President of the Collectivité Alain Richardson on Saturday at the end of the second round. Gibbs and Guillame Arnell were the two candidates in the runoff.
Voter turnout at the second round was significantly higher than the previous week and the Triple R team did more to mobilize voters. That did not lead to victory though, despite Richardson’s preference for a deputy “in line with the majority in France.”
“The voting district of St. Martin and St. Barths now has three representatives in France, which is two Senators and one Deputy and unfortunately the parliamentarians are all in the opposition. They are Louis Constant Fleming, Bruno Magras and now Daniel Gibbs who are all in the opposition on the national level. With the problems, the challenges, that we are facing in the Collectivité with regard to the financial situation we are putting all our eggs in the wrong basket,” Richardson said.
Despite his disappointment Richardson wishes Gibbs well and hopes that he “works diligently” in the interest of St. Martin in the national assembly.
“Today, where there is urgency of working with the national government, with Gibbs in the opposition he is of no interest to us,” Richardson concluded.

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