MEP, cant we all just get along? Looks like the MEP Party is feeling the pressure of the tourism crunch and the criticism from the other Parties in government of their handling of affairs in Aruba. Now they are starting to lash out at their own. Isn’t this to be expected when one does not handle matters on their watch, then they usuallyÃ‚ go after their own as the pressure mounts and the walls close in.
Amigoe; 9/15/06: MEP Criticizes Its Own
ARUBA Ã¢â‚¬” “It is unacceptable that three ministers were not present at the opening of the Parliament year.Ã‚ That proves lack of respect for Parliament and the Aruban nation”, said Ady Thijsen, parliamentary party leader of the MEP in parliament.Ã‚ The chairwoman of Parliament, Mervin Wyatt-Ras apologized last Tuesday during the opening of the new parliamentary year, for the absence of Minister Marisol Tromp of Education, Social Affairs, and Infrastructure; Justice-minister Rudy Croes; and Minister Nilo Swaen of Finance and Economic Affairs.Ã‚ She didn’t say what the reason was for their absence.Ã‚ Ã‚
The MEP-party latched out at their own ministers during their weekly press conference.Ã‚ Parliament-member Marlon Werleman cannot imagine that fellow party-members with such an important function can make plans for a day that is so important for the Aruban parliament and with that the democratic system.“Next week is the day of the Queen’s speech in the Netherlands, something similar to our opening of Parliament.Ã‚ I cannot imagine that the ministers will give preference to other matters than being present at the Queen’s speech.”MEP has therefore asked Wyatt-Ras to officially tell the government that the parliament is not pleased with the absence of the ministers.Ã‚ They hope that the three ministers will appreciate the criticism, especially now that premier Nelson Oduber had indicated that also he was a little disappointed with the absence of his colleagues.