Parliament to supervise dismantling of Antilles

Members of what is intended to be the last Parliament of the Netherlands Antilles, when taking the oath before Governor Frits Goedgedrag, were told on this "historic day" that their main task would be to supervise the dismantling process.

Goedgedrag said the elected members being installed would have to look for a new occupation at the end of the year, "just like myself."

The governor reminded those present that it had been the intention that the former Parliament would be the last of the Antilles, but the dismantling process and start-up of the new constitutional entities had eventually appeared "too tough."

It is now up to this Parliament to guide the completion of this process and "to care for the wellbeing of the citizens of all Antillean islands up to the end of the Antilles," Goedgedrag said.

The Parliament of 22 members is chaired by Pedro Atacho (PAR), who was re-elected as such. Faroe Metry (PNP) is vice-chairman.

PAR has the largest faction (six seats), consisting of Atacho, Glenn Sulvaran, Sedney Ignacio, Malvina Cicilia, Marlon Jamaloodin and Eduard Braam.

The combined MAN/NPA/FK "Lista di Kambio" (LdK) faction has five members, but the leaders of NPA and FK – Nelson Pierre and Gregory Damoen, respectively – indicated they preferred to be independent members.

MAN will then remain the only party of the LdK faction, with members Eunice Eisden, Gerrit Schotte and Gassan Dannawi.

The other two Curaçao factions are "Pueblo Soberano" (PS) with members Helmin Wiels and Lia Willems, and PNP with only one seat occupied by Metry.

National Alliance (NA) has all three seats for St. Maarten. Its faction consists of Henrietta Doran-York, Rodolphe Samuel and George Pantophlet.

Ramonsito Booi and James Kroon of UPB will occupy two of Bonaire's three seats, while Robby Beukenboom will hold the third seat for ADB.

Reginald Zaandam is back in Parliament on behalf of DP Statia, while Will Johnson represents Windward Islands People's Movement (WIPM) of Saba.

26 March 2010

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