Koeiman says ready to govern Curacao


WILLEMSTAD–Now that MAN has become Curaçao’s biggest party its new political leader Hensley Koeiman says the people gave him a responsibility and he will carry it. “Partido Alternativa Real” (PAR) led by Zia Jesus-Leito seems a likely coalition partner.

“Partido MAN” won with 12,822 votes, followed by “Movementu Futuro Korsou” (MFK) of Gerrit Schotte with 12,676 and PAR with 11,945. However, all three parties got four seats each.

Newcomer “Korsou di Nos Tur” (KdNT) of Amparo dos Santos earned three seats with 8,250 votes.

“Pueblo Soberano” (PS) of Prime Minister Ben Whiteman and led by Jaime Cordoba dropped to 5,393 votes and will now have two instead of five representatives in Parliament. The People’s National Party (PNP) led by Humphrey Davelaar got 6,922 votes, also good for two seats.

“Un Korsou Hustu” (UKH) of independent (former PAR) parliamentarian Omayra Leeflang with 4,822 votes and “Movementu Progresivo” (MP) of independent (former PAIS) parliamentarian Marilyn Mozes with 4,137 both earned a seat as well.

The biggest loser was current coalition party PAIS led by Alex Rosaria, which lost all its four seats with only 3,651 votes, just short of the seat quota that stood at 3,764 votes.

PAS of ex-MAN leader Charles Cooper also failed to win a seat with 3,445 votes, as did the all-female list of the Democratic Party (DP) with 1,966, “Movementu Kousa Prome” (MKP) of former PS Education Minister Rene Rosalia with 1,921 and “Pro Korsou” of former PS Prime Minister Ivar Asjes with 1,137.

Elected to the Parliament that will take office on November 2 are Koeiman, Kenneth Gijsbertha, Giselle McWilliam and Elsa Rozendal for MAN, Schotte, Jacinta Constancia, Gilmar “Pik” Pisas and Charetti Eduarda for MFK, Jesus-Leito, Eugene Rhuggenaath, Marilyn Alacala-Walle and Eduard Braam for PAR, Dos Santos, Norberto Ribeiro and Meindert “Menky” Rojer for KdNT, Davelaar and Suzy Camelia-Römer for PNP, Cordoba and Melvin “Mac” Cjintje for PS, Leeflang for UKH and Moses for MP.

Governor Lucille George-Wout has meanwhile started her consultations in connection with talks to form a new government. The expectation is that someone from MAN as the biggest party will be tasked with exploring the possibilities, even though MFK and PAR ended up with the same number of seats.

A coalition that includes MAN, PAR and PNP appears to be the first option, but with a combined 10 seats would still lack one for a minimal majority in the 21-seat legislature. Either MP or UKH is therefore likely to be added, with a possible 3-3-2-1 division of the nine ministers.

Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/60801-koeiman-says-ready-to-govern-curacao