NA & USP says broader coalition government has been formed | SOUALIGA NEWSDAY

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The Parliamentary factions of the National Alliance (NA) and United St. Maarten Party (USP) hereby inform the general public of the following:

“The NA and USP could no longer sit by and allow the country to go through the turmoil caused by the decision of the former faction leader of the United Democrats (UD) Franklin Meyers to pull his support from his own government, the UD/SMCP coalition. As such, a broader coalition has been formed with likeminded representatives of the people who are truly putting St. Maarten first.

“While the impasse was not of our making, we could not stand by and allow the country to be in a state of limbo or, as his Excellency the Governor Eugene Holiday recently stated in his address at the opening of the parliamentary year: “a cloud of uncertainty that is not in the best interest of the country.”

“With the new coalition, a majority of nine, the country can look forward to a first major step in lifting that cloud of uncertainty. We are hoping that the Governor will appoint a formateur as soon as possible to ensure the process of truly rebuilding St. Maarten can begin at last. The people of St. Maarten deserve better than infighting in their government and uncertainty about their future.  

“The new majority is also looking forward to working with our kingdom partners on the basis of mutual respect and positive results for our people,” a joint statement from the NA and USP factions said on Sunday evening.

Source: Souliga Newsday