Maturity in politics

The looming political crisis thankfully did not materialise (see related story), because on this occasion there was a quorum for Tuesday’s meeting to approve credentials of two incoming parliamentarians. Their predecessors had already stepped down to become ministers, leaving the United Democrats/St. Maarten Christian Party (SMPC) coalition with only six of the remaining 13 seats.

As the seven opposition members were absent last Friday, six of them with notice, the next elected representatives in line could not be installed. This in effect meant the newly-sworn-in Leona Romeo-Marlin Cabinet II no longer enjoyed its minimal majority support in…

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