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Current political developments.

~Snap Elections July 18~

ajamubaly18092023HARBOUR VIEW:--- On May 20th, 2024, Member of Parliament Mr. Kevin Maingrette (NOW) withdrew his support from the URSM/PFP/DP/NOW-coalition government and subsequently declared himself an independent Member of Parliament. His Excellency Governor of Sint Maarten, Ajamu G. Baly, LL.M., discussed the situation that same day and convened a meeting with Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs, Mr. Luc. F.E. Mercelina. The Prime Minister indicated that he had come to the conclusion that the government had lost its majority support in Parliament and informed the Governor of the intention of the Government to dissolve Parliament and hold snap elections.

Governor Baly also received a Governing Accord dated May 20th, 2024, regarding an agreement in principle on the formation of the next government of Sint Maarten from Mr. Maingrette. The accord has been signed by eight (8) Members of Parliament, namely the members of the NA and UP faction currently in Parliament and Independent MP Maingrette. A copy of the Governing Accord has been forwarded to the Chairperson of Parliament, the Government of Sint Maarten and the political leaders of the URSM, PFP, DP and NOW parties for their information.

On May 21st, 2024, Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs Mr. Mercelina presented a draft National Decree dissolving Parliament per August 19th, 2024, with elections set to take place on July 18th, 2024. He also made the portfolios of the Ministers, the Minister Plenipotentiary and the deputy Minister Plenipotentiary available. Governor Baly, after review, ratified the draft dissolution decree in keeping with the constitution and took the resignation request into consideration. He called upon the Ministers, the Minister Plenipotentiary and the Deputy Minister Plenipotentiary to continue their duties in the interest of Sint Maarten and to continue working with him until a decision has been taken concerning their request for resignation.

Governor Baly has decided, considering the political developments, to start consultations to establish the feasibility for the formation of a next government. The consultations have started on May 21st, 2024.



Health Care Laboratory Sint Maarten Awarded ISO Accreditation.

healthcare21052024PHILIPSBURG:--- Health Care Laboratory Sint Maarten (HCLS) proudly announces its international accreditation by the Dutch Accreditation Council (RvA). This significant milestone affirms HCLS's commitment to excellence and adherence to the highest international standard in medical laboratory services.

HCLS, a multidisciplinary laboratory offering a broad spectrum of services has demonstrated its technical competence and robust management systems by obtaining the international accreditation.

The accreditation, effective as of March 21, 2024, is based on an exhaustive assessment against the rigorous standards outlined in EN ISO 15189:2012. This international standard sets the benchmark for medical laboratories worldwide, ensuring consistently reliable and accurate results.

Dr. Fey van der Dijs, Director of HCLS, expressed immense pride in this achievement, noting the significant obstacles overcome in recent years. "Obtaining this accreditation, despite the challenges posed by Hurricane Irma and the COVID-19 pandemic, is a testament to the unwavering dedication and high-quality work of our team. Typically, such a process takes five years, but our team's exceptional effort and commitment to excellence made this possible in just 3 full operational years."

The accreditation by the RvA is not merely a one-time recognition; it signifies a long-term commitment to ongoing excellence. HCLS will undergo annual audits to ensure it continues to meet stringent requirements and maintain the quality standards that this accreditation represents.

Health Care Laboratory Sint Maarten is dedicated to providing high-quality laboratory services to the community. By offering a wide range of diagnostic services, HCLS plays a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis, and monitoring of various health conditions, contributing significantly to the public health sector.

Governor Baly swears-in new MP’s.

brukkotaiswearingin21052024HARBOUR VIEW:---- On Tuesday, May 21, 2024, His Excellency Governor Ajamu G. Baly administered the oath to new Members of Parliament Mr. Richinel S.J. Brug and Mr. Viren V. Kotai at the Governor’s Cabinet. The new members, of the United Resilient Sint Maarten Movement (URSM) and the Democratic Party, take their seats left vacant as a result of the appointment to the Council of Ministers of Prime Minister/Minister of General Affairs Mr. Luc F.E. Mercelina and Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport, and Telecommunications, Mrs. Grisha Heyliger-Marten. This means that the Parliament is now at full capacity with 15 members. Governor Baly congratulated the new MP’s and wished them much strength, wisdom and discernment in their task ahead.

Chairlady of Parliament; Prime Minister; Members of Parliament; Ministers; Chairman of the General Audit Chamber; Griffier of Parliament; Chairlady of the Central Voting Bureau; Chairman of the Electoral Council; Commander of the Marines detachment on Sint. Maarten;

Distinguished guests ladies and gentlemen; Good afternoon.

A pleasant welcome to all of you.
A special welcome to the two members of Parliament-Elect.
Congratulations to both of you on being elected to hold the office as a representative of the people of Sint Maarten.
You are about to take the oath and make a promise.
When administering the oath, it is always my hope and aim to convey the importance and significance of this legally required act.
You have been elected to an esteemed body; Parliament.
You are called by the Constitution, our highest law, to represent the entire people of Sint Maarten and that brings with it considerable responsibilities.
As our nation once again goes through and is faced with challenging times the people of this Country have elected you to represent them and are depending on you and your colleagues in Parliament to do so to the best of your ability. And this as we are on the cusp of entering the upcoming hurricane season, you are called to be vigilant in your task as Parliamentarian and ensure stable and good governance, by making sure that the interest of the nation, our country, our people is placed above individual interests.
Yes, as a Parliamentarian you have a free mandate, but that does not mean that you are free to do as you wish. You are to act in a responsible manner, one focused on the general interest of the people, you are to exercise that free mandate within the confines of the oath you are about to take.
The parameters stipulated in the oath are i. Integrity, ii. Loyalty, iii. The Rule of Law and iv. The general interest of the people of St. Maarten.
You have to defend the people of Sint Maarten wholeheartedly and unconditionally ensuring stability and prosperity, promoting stable governance, you have to commit to the well-being of the people of St. Maarten.
And mind you this applies whether you are in opposition or part of the majority supporting Government.
In closing, I leave you with a quote attributed to the American educator, author, businessman and speaker Stephen R. Covey.
“We are free to choose our actions, but we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions.” End quote.

Members of Parliament-Elect, congratulations to you and God bless you and your families and God bless St. Maarten.

National Address: Update recent political development.

Public Statement from the Honorable Prime Minister Dr. Luc Mercelina

To the People of St. Maarten,

lucmercelina16052024As your Prime Minister, it is with a deep sense of responsibility that I address the recent developments concerning the stability of our government. We have been informed that Member of Parliament, Mr. Kevin Maingrette, has decided to withdraw his support from the current coalition. This decision is significant and impacts the trajectory of our governance.

Mr. Maingrette's withdrawal is in direct contradiction to his previous public commitments, where he vowed to remain steadfast in our coalition. Such actions not only affect the harmony and effectiveness of our government but also threaten the progress and reforms that we are committed to implementing for the betterment of St. Maarten.

It is disappointing to witness a shift that appears driven by personal agendas rather than the collective good of our people. At a time when unity and collaborative effort are paramount, it is regrettable that our path towards progress may be hindered by individualistic pursuits.

The concept of "Self" above Country, self-interest, egoism, destabilization of the Country for personal pursuit, negligence of the critical state of Country in which the people are suffering has proven moral of this development.

As your government, we remain devoted to advancing the welfare of all St. Maarteners. We will continue to work diligently to maintain integrity, pursue our legislative agenda, and address the critical issues facing our nation. My commitment to you, the people of St. Maarten is unwavering, and I will do everything within my power to ensure that our country remains on a course toward prosperity and well-being for everyone.

I call upon all members of Parliament to put aside personal differences and work together for the greater good of our community. Let us remain focused on our shared goals: improving the lives of our citizens, enhancing our infrastructure, and strengthening our economy.

Thank you, my people of St. Maarten for your continued trust and support. Together, we will overcome these challenges and continue to build a stronger, more resilient St. Maarten.

May God Bless you my people and our country.

Dr. Luc Mercelina
Prime Minister of St. Maarten



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