Minister Plenipotentiary of Curaçao

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The Minister Plenipotentiary of Curaçao (Dutch: Gevolmachtigd Minister van Curaçao) represents the constituent country (Dutch: land) of Curaçao in the Council of Ministers of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The current Minister Plenipotentiary of Curaçao is Marvelyne Wiels.[1] The Minister Plenipotentiary and his cabinet are seated in the "Curaçaohuis" (Curaçao House) in The Hague (which was the location of the Antillenhuis before the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles).[2]

A significant difference between the Netherlands Ministers and the Ministers Plenipotentiary is that the former Ministers are accountable for their politics and policies to the Dutch parliament. The Ministers Plenipotentiary, however, are accountable to their national governments. Therefore, the Ministers Plenipotentiary usually do not resign in the event of a Dutch cabinet crisis.[3]

List of Ministers Plenipotentiary of Curaçao[edit]

The following table lists the Ministers Plenipotentiary of Curaçao that have been in office since Curaçao became a country in the Kingdom of the Netherlands in 2010:

Name Period Party
Sheldry Osepa 10 October 2010—13 February 2013 MFK
Roderick Pieters 13 February 2013—7 June 2013 PS
Marvelyne Wiels 7 June 2013— PS

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Curacao’s New Government". Curaçao Chronicle. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  2. ^ RNW.nl - Antillenhuis wordt Curaçaohuis
  3. ^ "Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles: Political relations within the Kingdom of the Netherlands". Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties. Archived from the original on 2008-02-17. Retrieved 2007-10-13.