PHILIPSBURG:--- United Sint Maarten Party candidate Richinel S.J. Brug, on December 31st, 2022, formally resigned from the United St. Maarten Party (USP). Brug thanked the USP for granting him the opportunity to be a candidate on the list, to work in the cabinet of Minster Rafael Boasman in 2017- 2018, and for the support offered, during election campaign periods from 2014 to 2020. “I have always had political aspirations. Addressing the needs of our people has always been my #1 and only concern. In 2014 when I joined the USP, I honestly believed that we shared the same political ideology. However, over the years I have realized that priorities have shifted and so have the values of the United St. Maarten party”, stated Brug.
Some key factors in his decision to resign are the continued selection of candidates with legal issues, casting a negative light on all USP candidates, and the party's track record of constantly proposing and appointing Ministers who did not run on the party as candidates (Mr. Dennis Richardson, Mr. Edson Kirindongo, Mr. Rafael Boasman, Mrs. Mellissa Arrindell Doncher, and Mrs. Pamela Gorden), without consultation of the candidates. This is in his opinion a clear indication of a lack of confidence in the party’s own candidates.
In closing Brug wishes the United St. Maarten Party all the best moving forward with their rebranding again and would like to make it clear to the public that his resignation from the United St. Maarten Party does not mean he is exiting the political arena. Instead, he says “I am making a change to a Movement where the core objective is to serve the citizens of Sint truly. Maarten.”
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