Governing Programme to be tabled to MPs Tuesday

PHILIPSBURG–After a delay of some three weeks, Parliament is again scheduled to receive the 2016-2020 Governing Programme of the National Alliance/United St. Maarten Party/Democratic Party Coalition along with the year plans of the seven ministers on Tuesday.

The Central Committee of Parliament’s meeting for when the entire Council of Ministers will be present, is slated for Tuesday, in Parliament House, starting at 9:00am.  

The Governing Programme was scheduled for presentation on March 23, but was postponed until further notice in advance of the session. This was due to the coalition having only 5 of its 8 supporting Members of Parliament (MPs) in the country. Had the meeting gone ahead, the coalition would have needed opposition United People’s (UP) party MPs to aid with forming a quorum of at least eight MPs to get the session started.

Parliament Chairwoman Sarah Wescot-Williams had announced two weeks ago that the year plans of the Ministers would be tabled in Parliament on April 6, however, this did not materialize. The reason is said to be related to Prime Minister William Marlin’s trip to the Netherlands ahead of a Kingdom Council of Ministers meeting on the imposing of an Integrity Chamber on the country.

The second agenda point for Tuesday’s public session is approval of the composition of delegations and provisions Members of Parliament (MPs) to participate in committee meetings of the Latin American Parliament Parlatino.

The parliamentary session will also be broadcast live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 120, Pearl Radio FM 98.1, and

Source: The Daily Herald