Ex-PM in Curacao claims bloodless coup
Gerrit Schotte resigned August 3 as Curacao`s PM after his government lost its majority on the Dutch Caribbean island.
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.