The Governor of Sint Maarten,E.B. Holiday, has requested that formateur Silveria Jacobs, National Alliance faction leader form an interim government. Consultations were held between September 24th and 30th 2019 with the leaders of the parties with seats in Parliament, (the National Alliance, the United St. Maarten Party, the St. Maarten Christian Party and the Democratic Party), with the independent Members of Parliament C. Brownbill en L. Mercelina as well as with the vice chairperson of the Council of Advice.
On September 22, 2019, Brownbill and Mercelina defected to the National Alliance, and form a new government. The Council of Ministers handed in their resignation and dissolved Parliament.
The government will continue and complete ongoing business, including existing agreements, the Governor requested Ms. Jacobs to form an interim government.
In addition, the Governor requested the formateur to form an interim government that gives priority to conclude the legislation regarding the combating of money laundering and financing of terrorism, to execute the agreements made with The Netherlands regarding the financing of the national recovery of Sint Maarten, including the financing of the rehabilitation of the airport, to further prepare the execution of the elections, to take steps to realize electoral reform by bringing the Ordinance Registration and Finances of Political Parties and the Election Ordinance in accordance with the Constitution, and to concluding the budget for 2020.
The Governor further emphasized the importance of the strict observance of the regulatory requirements including the screening criteria, applicable to the appointment of candidate ministers.