No candidate put forward for plenipotentiary minister


PHILIPSBURG–Recently-appointed Justice Minister Cornelius de Weever was originally proposed to become Minister Plenipotentiary to represent St. Maarten in The Hague. However, he was later asked to serve as Minister in the current cabinet as there had been a need there, United Democrats (UD) deputy leader and Chairperson of Parliament Sarah Wescot-Williams told reporters at a press conference on Thursday.

Currently, there is no Minister Plenipotentiary. Hasani Ellis was recently sworn in as Deputy Minister Plenipotentiary.

When asked, Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin had told reporters at the Council of Ministers press briefing on Wednesday that the position would be filled shortly. Wescot-Williams, who had served as the second formateur for the formation of the recently-installed Government after first formateur Franklin Meyers handed back the assignment, said no new candidate has been put forward for the Minister Plenipotentiary’s post as yet.


“A proposal will be discussed in the political setting and Government will then put forward a candidate and that person will have to be screened before being appointed. But we haven’t spoken about names for that particular position as yet,” Wescot-Williams told reporters at the press conference in response to questions on the matter.

“In the first instance someone was put forward for the Minister Plenipotentiary. However, given the time and not having the Ministers for all of the posts, that person was then put in the position of a Minister. That was Minister de Weever,” she said.

Source: The Daily Herald


  1. I am not flabbergasted at Sint Maarten politics anymore but some days it is actually a bit worse than others. Here we have CdW. again Honestly, why is cornelius de weever qualified to be a minister. he has no track record at all. He never achieved anything but yet his name keeps popping up whenever there are government jobs to be given away. It is the only way he seems to survive. Paid by the people to do nothing. They keep reshuffling the same people. Their friends and family and de weever is one of them. Every year they come back in a different capacity promising us “change” but in the end all stays the same. Adiuva Nos, Deus.