Monday , May 29 2023

MP’s ask questions about Statia rejecting Isabella

Members of the Dutch Parliament’s Second Chamber of Socialist Party (SP) and Party for Freedom PVV have posed questions to Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk concerning the motion against new Government Representative Gilbert Isabella, which was unanimously adopted by the Island Council of St. Eustatius on Tuesday. This writes The Daily Herald. In the motion, all Island Council members stated they had no confidence in the newly appointed Government Representative for Bonaire, Statia and Saba.

SP Member of Parliament (MP) Ronald van Raak wanted to know how Minister Plasterk would respond to the motion. The Island Council was against Isabella because he was considered inexperienced and unable to handle the specific problems of the Caribbean Netherlands. It was also stated that the agreed procedure leading to Isabella’s appointment was not followed. Van Raak wants the minister to respond to the critique and al so wanted to know if the Island Council of Saba and Bonaire were still in support of the new Government Representative. “Which consequences does the unanimously adopted motion have for the position of the newly appointed Government Representative?” he asked.

PVV leader Geert Wilders and fellow party member Sietse Fritsma also posed a number of pointed questions concerning the controversial Government Representative. The PVV fraction in the Second Chamber is highly critical of the appointment of the former Utrecht alderman, who is a member of Dutch government coalition partner labour PvdA. Minister Plasterk is of the same party affiliation. PVV called Isabella a “dysfunctional, controversial former alderman” and labelled his appointment as “nepotism.” “How many dysfunctional and/or corrupt PvdA members have to be put in a job annually?” PVV asked. PVV also asked Minister Plasterk to ensure that Isabella would never set foot on Bonaire, Statia or Bonaire, unless for vacation purposes.

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