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Dutch parliament wants prime minister Rutte’s opinion on position Curacao minister plenipotentiary Marvelyne Wiels

THURSDAY, 19 DECEMBER 2013

THE HAGUE–Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will be asked to share his view on the decision of his Curaçao colleague Ivar Asjes and the Parliament of Curaçao to maintain the position of Curaçao’s Minister Plenipotentiary Marvelyne Wiels.

The Permanent Committee for Kingdom Relations of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament decided during a meeting on Wednesday to request a letter from Rutte in response to Monday’s meeting of Curaçao’s Parliament about the position of Wiels.

The opposition parties in Curaçao’s Parliament had presented a motion which called for the resignation of Wiels. According to the opposition parties, Wiels’ position could no longer be maintained because she had “lied” about her Curriculum Vitae and she had hired friends and family at the Curaçao House. The motion was rejected with eight votes for and 11 votes against. Prime Minister Asjes said that with this decision, the discussion on Wiels’ position had been closed.

Member of the Second Chamber Ronald van Raak of the Socialist Party (SP) brought up the debate of Curaçao’s Parliament during Wednesday’s procedural meeting. He proposed to ask Rutte for a letter to clarify his standpoint on Wiels and the decision to hold on to her position.

“I want to ask the Prime Minister as Chairman of the Kingdom Council of Ministers whether he agrees with the conclusion of Curaçao’s Parliament and Prime Minister Asjes that Wiels will stay on,” said Van Raak.

According to Van Raak complete trust is necessary in the Kingdom Council of Ministers because many confidential matters are discussed in the meetings of the Kingdom Government. Rutte is responsible for the Kingdom Council of Ministers and he should be able to have complete confidence in its members.

“If the Prime Minister cannot take responsibility for Asjes and Wiels, than he should say so,” Van Raak said. The other Committee members agreed with Van Raak’s proposal to ask Rutte for a clarifying letter.

Source: The Daily Herald, St. Maarten

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