PHILIPSBURG–Opposition National Alliance Member of Parliament (MP) Egbert Doran says he was threatened by Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin prior to start of Friday’s aborted sitting on the 2019 draft budget and intends to file a complaint with police against her.
There has been no comment so far from the prime minister on Doran’s claim.
Doran, who took the floor to give a “notification to the people of St. Maarten” accused the prime minister of displaying an “unbecoming attitude” towards him” in the House of Parliament which is the house of the people of St. Maarten.”
He said the prime minister, in front of witnesses, threatened him “by saying ‘keep talking and you are going to see’.”
Doran said: “I don’t know what that means, but I will keep talking, because ‘parlay’ is the French word for talk and we are in Parliament and I will talk to represent the people of St. Maarten.” He added, “I remain unphased and they can’t keep a good man down.”
Ending his notification, Doran issued a warning of his own to the prime minister: “Do your job and stop selling out the country. That is my opinion and that is how I feel and I will continue to represent the people of St. Maarten which you should do as well.”
Prime Minister Romeo-Marlin has come under increasing fire from MPs across the aisle for what many have labelled as her pro-Dutch stance. She is seen as given in to the ever-increasing demands of the Dutch government in returned for recovery funds, much needed to rebuild the country following the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/88131-doran-to-file-complaint-against-pm-for-threat