Ex-PM in Curacao claims bloodless coup

Last Updated: Monday, October 1, 2012 - 11:36

Kingston (Jamaica): Curacao`s former leader is holed up inside what used to be his official offices, accusing the acting governor of sparking a bloodless "coup" by forming an interim government three weeks before general elections.

Gerrit Schotte resigned August 3 as Curacao`s prime minister after his government lost its majority on the Dutch Caribbean island. He dissolved parliament and called elections for October 19.

But yesterday, Acting Governor Adeel van der Pluijm-Vrede swore in an interim administration.

Parliamentarians had called for an interim government to prepare for the vote. They`ve also alleged that Schotte was misusing public funds, a claim he denies.

Schotte said today that his rivals have a "hidden agenda" to influence next month`s elections in which he plans to run as leader of the Curacao Future Movement.


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First Published: Monday, October 1, 2012 - 11:36

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