Statement Minister De Weever: “Let my work determine my contribution to our country”

POSTED: 09/29/14 12:26 AM

St. Maarten – A “political statement” of 867 words Minister of Public Health, Social Affairs and Labor Cornelius de Weever issued last night makes clear that the counterpart policy was the breaking point that drove him to the decision to take up a seat in Parliament instead of continuing as a minister. The statement does not contain a single reference to his support for the coalition with the United People’s party.

De Weever states that he told Democratic Party leader Sarah Wescot-Williams on Tuesday that he would take up his seat in Parliament. The minister states that his decision is “a complicated one and a surprising one for many: it was not a choice I thought I would be making at any time during the election.”

De Weever refers to the volatility of the government system and to the risk associated with becoming a minister. He furthermore states that his input, proposals and vision were not supported “by some in my own party.” This was his reason to take up his seat in Parliament.

De Weever states that he was not willing to compromise on the counterpart policy that in his view is designed to protect locals who want to return home.

In his statement, the minister furthermore reflects on his time with the Democratic Party, his “tumultuous years” as a minister and the rumors about his departure to another party ahead of postulation day.

After the elections, the statement says, it was clear that voters wanted a change and they have largely embraced young politicians. “It is unfortunate that many within the political apparatus are unwilling or unable to allow for change and new leadership. They are rather more concerned with the status quo and special interest. Self-serving interests cannot advance the needs of St. Maarten and its people.”

Without a word about his support for the United People’s party, De Weever concludes: “I find it in the best interest of the people that I take a parliamentary position, where I am guaranteed the opportunity to represent you and your interests for the next four years. I ask that you keep an open mind and let my work determine my contribution to our country.”

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