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PrairieGirl
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Re: Government Failed? [Re: JohnandBev]
      #1750995 - 11/03/17 12:23 PM (76.178.52.94)

I wondered the same thing and had seen several references to a "governor". Checked with Wikipedia to find out that "The Governor of Sint Maarten is the representative on Sint Maarten of the Dutch head of state (King Willem-Alexander). The governor's duties are twofold: he represents and guards the general interests of the Kingdom and is head of the government of Sint Maarten."

So it would appear to me that SXM "governor" position serves the same purpose as our "governor general" and would be the final authority on whether new elections are required to form a government or the new coalition could just take over.

Hopefully this is resolved soon so that things can move forward!

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jmbcomms
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Re: Government Failed? [Re: Kennys]
      #1751011 - 11/03/17 03:08 PM (73.167.75.90)

It is beyond imagination how utterly stupid Marlin is acting now and has been acting all along. He never, ever seems to think of doing anything remotely like competent governance.

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Re: Government Failed? [Re: mprevo]
      #1751014 - 11/03/17 03:21 PM (131.161.86.142)

Thanks for the kind words , however I'm not into Politics.

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Re: Government Failed? [Re: jmbcomms]
      #1751019 - 11/03/17 03:41 PM (73.255.141.246)

...or what's in the best interests of the people..

Elections to be held January 8

Edited by Carol_Hill (11/03/17 03:43 PM)


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jaxon60
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Re: Government Failed? [Re: PrairieGirl]
      #1751021 - 11/03/17 03:51 PM (162.156.105.83)

I was looking into the St Maarten system earlier this week. I found that it is quite different from the system we have in Canada. The parliament is elected. The Parliament then elects the PM and cabinet. PM and Cabinet ministers can NOT be members of the parliament. The PM can submit a draft decree to the government to dissolve parliament, or the parliament can pass a decree to dissolve itself. Parliament can, as it did yesterday, vote out the cabinet (or any individual minister).

What I don't understand is why the governor just signed the decree submitted by the PM to dissolve parliament, when there appeared to be a workable majority in parliament that could have elected a new cabinet. It would seem to me that the chamber that gets voted in by the general population should supersede the cabinet. But I am not familiar enough with their system to understand all the nuances.

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sxmmartini
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Re: Government Failed? [Re: jmbcomms]
      #1751029 - 11/03/17 05:12 PM (24.47.166.253)

Should there be new elections in St. Maarten in January, an agreement between the Netherlands and Sint Maarten - for a million fund for reconstruction after Hurricane Irma - seems to be no longer available.
The Saint-Martin parliament has sent away the government of Prime Minister William Marlin on Thursday because Marlin does not fully agree with the strict conditions. But Secretary of State Raymond Knops (Kingdom Relations) only wants to "do business" with a government that is sitting on St. Maarten for a long time. The Netherlands is afraid that decisions after the elections can be "reversed".

link posted shortly...

Edited by sxmmartini (11/03/17 06:05 PM)


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Re: Government Failed? [Re: sxmmartini]
      #1751038 - 11/03/17 06:38 PM (107.77.253.5)

Way to go, Marlin

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moxie
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Re: Government Failed? [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1751041 - 11/03/17 06:55 PM (67.70.127.140)

What a holy mess. They canít wait for 2 months for this help. I donít understand why Sarah couldnít have formed the new government-she had a majority.

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sxmmartini
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Re: Government Failed? [Re: moxie]
      #1751046 - 11/03/17 08:56 PM (24.47.166.253)

http://soualiganewsday.com/local/soualig...january-18.html



Signed, sealed and delivered.

Feel so bad for the people of SXM


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Re: Government Failed? [Re: sxmmartini]
      #1751057 - 11/04/17 07:58 AM (131.161.86.142)

Pure selfishness.

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