‘Cabinet will make St. Maarten set up Integrity Chamber’

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ANP – Source www.nu.nl

THE NETHERLANDS – The Kingdom Council of Ministers is forcing St. Maarten to establish an independent Integrity Chamber to fight corruption. Sources confirmed reports on Thursday, April 6, according to NRC Handelsblad.

It is already almost two years since St. Maarten was informed of the arrival of the Integrity Chamber. The current government of the island led by Prime Minister William Marlin wants nothing of it.

Now it is being imposed by a so-called Order in Public Administration. Furthermore, the Kingdom Council of Ministers will support a decision by the Governor of Curaçao.

Lucille George-Wout is refusing to ratify a law requiring employers to have at least 80 percent of workers born in Curaçao. According to the Governor, this law violates the principles of equality, and The Hague agrees.

Last week the Netherlands put pressure on Curaçao to make a decision on the law before the planned elections on April 28.