~ USP has no representation in the parliament of St. Maarten.~
PHILIPSBURG:--- Member of Parliament and Faction leader of the United St. Maarten Peoples Party (USP) has declared himself an Independent Member of Parliament on Friday morning.
MP Arrindell made the notification during a public meeting of parliament on Friday morning. In addressing parliament Arrindell said that he was heavily ridiculed by the President of the USP board Cecil Nicolas during a live talk show, that video was played so that members of parliament and the general public could see his reasons for leaving the USP Party.
Arrindell further explained that ever since he has been elected he tried effortlessly to get assistance from the members of the board to no avail. He also mentioned that he is the seventh person that had to leave the USP and that in itself speaks volumes.
Now that MP Arrindell has declared himself an independent member of parliament, the USP does not have any representation in the parliament of St. Maarten.
It should also be noted that the 15- member parliament of St. Maarten now has 7 factions. They are National Alliance (NA) United Peoples Party (UPP), Party for Progress (PFP), United Democrats (UD), and Independents Christopher Emmanuel, Claudius Buncamper, and Akeem Arrindell.