(Nov. 17, 2016) — The red, white and blue coalition that was formed after the 2010 elections, but ended up short-lived, will get another chance to firmly take the helm of the country with the signing of a new coalition agreement, on Wednesday, by the Democratic Party (DP), United St. Maarten Party (US Party) and National Alliance (NA).
This new formation has tossed the United People’s (UP) Party with its five seats into opposition.
The new agreement, signed by NA Leader Prime Minister William Marlin, DP Leader Member of Parliament Sarah Wescot-Williams, and US Party MP Frans Richardson, came about because the coalition agreement of September 27 between NA/UP “did not result in the swearing in of a new government” to date.
According to a press statement issued by the Governor’s Cabinet, Marlin, as formateur “having considered the issues in the formation”, informed Governor Eugene Holiday on Wednesday evening that “it was decided not to continue with the formation and that a coalition agreement was signed between NA, USP and DP.”
Holiday will make arrangements to meet with parties “as soon as possible to discuss the new developments.”
Prior to the declaration of the new coalition, the Governor had met, in the past week, with a number of persons about the process to form the UP/NA coalition. Based on the information received, he met with and received an update about the formation process, including results of the screening of the candidate ministers, from Marlin on Monday.
Wescot-Williams told The Daily Herald in an e-mail: “with the NA Leader’s decision, given that no NA/UPP government was/could be sworn in, and when asked, DP consented to join in coalition with the NA and USP to form the next Government for St. Maarten.”
The three parties have also agreed to negotiate a governing programme and appoint ministers “committed to executing the said programme.”
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