State of the coalition – PM: “I am as secure as can be”

POSTED: 11/1/12 11:57 AM

St. Maarten – “Outside of having discussions on the budget and other issues affecting the people of St. Maarten I am unaware of any dissatisfaction within the coalition to such an extent to say that it warranted what has been out there in the press. I have not gotten any signals about this from within but I know the dynamics of politics at this stage better than anyone else.”

Those were the sentiments expressed by Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams when asked about the state of the government coalition.

The prime minister said that she last met with met with coalition members in a meeting in September. That meeting centered on the significance of holding coalition meetings since the caucuses are usually put off because one or more members of the executive or parliamentary branch are not present.

When asked if she felt secure in her position, the prime minister said that it was not a matter of her security but the interest of the people.

“I am secure as can be. It is about the people of St. Maarten and that deserves more than lip service. It is easy to talk that that is the interest but it is what you show that ultimately decides whether that is the interest that is being served.”

The prime minister said that it would be premature to answer any questions about her forming a new coalition or calling for new elections in the event of the fall of the current government.

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