PHILIPSBURG–Prime Minister William Marlin is expected to submit the resignation of his cabinet today, Friday, to Governor Eugene Holiday. The resignation comes as a result of Monday’s Parliamentary Elections.
As is customary, the Governor is expected to ask the seven Ministers to stay on in their posts until the incoming Cabinet members are named, screened and sworn-in by him.
Marlin told the press on Thursday afternoon all Ministers with the exception of Tourism and Economic Affairs Minister Ingrid Arrindell had tendered their resignation. Arrindell was off-island attending the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Conference and Tradeshow in Puerto Rico.
The current Cabinet comprises Marlin, Arrindell, Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Silveria Jacobs, Finance Minister Richard Gibson, Justice Minister Edson Kirindongo, Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure VROMI Angel Meyers and Public Health Minister Emil Lee.
Of the seven Ministers, Marlin and Jacobs are expected to return in the new Cabinet that will be supported by 10 seats in Parliament.
The National Alliance (NA)/United People’s (UP) party coalition was formed by the “Rice Hill Gardens Accord,” on Tuesday morning some three hours after the preliminary elections results were announced by Central Voting Bureau Chairman Jason Rogers.
The elections resulted in both NA and UP receiving five seats each in the 15-seat Parliament. Of the remaining seats, the United St. Maarten Party (US Party) received three and the Democratic Party (DP) earned two.
The 15 re-elected and new Members of Parliament (MPs) will have their first sitting as the country’s Third Parliament on October 31 when the current Parliament is dissolved by decree.
The incoming Parliament has been dubbed the “Halloween Parliament” due to the date it will first sit. Some in the community have now taken to say that this labelling is apt, because no one anticipated a coalition between NA and UP, two parties that have been bitter rivals more than half a decade.
Source: Daily Herald
Marlin to submit his Cabinet’s resignation to Governor today