Party leaders meet today on national government

PHILIPSBURG–National Alliance (NA) leader Prime Minister William Marlin said he had sent a message to the leaders of all three parties, inviting them to hold talks to arrive at a national government for St. Maarten given that everyone is on board for the interest of the St. Maarten people.

  He said this will be a way to put the interest of St. Maarten above party politics. Marlin made the announcement during the Council of Ministers press briefing on Wednesday.

  An urgent meeting of parliament set for 2:00pm on Wednesday was opened and then adjourned to enable the party leaders to meet based on Marlin’s request. Eight Members of Parliament had formed a quorum for that meeting. 

  Marlin had said during the press briefing that it is through a national government that parties “will be putting our people first and putting the interest of St. Maarten first.”

  He said “in the Netherlands, they have their agenda and they have closed ranks politically and they have gotten everyone together to promote their agenda. In St. Maarten, we are divided.”  The Prime Minister said when he stood up to the Dutch, it wasn’t in his personal interest but rather in the interest of the people of St. Maarten.

Source: The Daily Herald