ORANJESTAD – The fact that a majority in parliament rejected a motion asking to speed up the process for legalization of medicinal cannabis Tuesday night, does not put the government in a bad spot or crisis mode. “ We don’t have a crisis. We are stronger than ever,” Aruba prime minister Evelyn Wever told NoticiaCla Wednesday morning in a press conference. In fact she said she assured political party RED leader Ricardo Croes later that night that the process for legalizing medicinal cannabis would be speeded up. “I gave him my word” Wever continued. Croes, the RED party leader and a cannabis user himself, asked for the motion, and it was his main campaign promise to his followers in 2017. A lack of support in parliament could have triggered a tense situation, political observers told this website. Croes holds the only RED seat in parliament and an eventual separation from the current coalition doesn’t constitute a crisis, as the coalition would still hold a slim majority of 11 seats.
ORANJESTAD – The fact that Aruba parliament members send in a record number of motions to be discussed, is not a reflection of a bad government. “It doesn’t reflect on the governments plan/program”, Aruba prime minister Evelyn Wever assured NoticiaCla Thursday as her first reaction 12 hours after the budget 2018 passed comfortably. Past prime minister Nelson Oduber criticized the large number of motions saying it doesn’t look good for a government. Wever however considers this a good thing and shows that this parliament is (really) independent with its own voice. “I can’t tell them what to do. If they want to send that many motions, they can do so. Its not a law, its not definite. A motion is a desire. We will consider them and act accordingly,” Wever continued. Earlier parliament president Ady Thijsen confirmed to NoticiaCla that the 85 motions presented was indeed a record.
ORANJESTAD – A record number of motions were registered during the 2018 budget parliament talks. Parliament president Ady Thijsen confirmed to NoticiaCla that this is a very unusual amount and even a posible record. He mentioned between 70 to 80 motions that parliament members will have to vote on Tuesday evening, besides voting for the new budget. It was also common practice to send questions to the cabinet regarding the budget. Aruba prime minister Wever Croes said today that she saw about 2000 questions, which is a large number. Parliament plans to vote for the motions and the budget Tuesday evening.
ORANJESTAD – New reduced water and electricity tariffs will be announced this summer. Aruba energy minister Evelyn Wever Croes confirmed this during the budget talks in Parliament Tuesday morning. Once the 2017 annual government financial statements are known, the finance department could calculate the new tariffs. Wever assured that it could be as soon as this summer, as the new austerity measures go into effect on juli 1st, 2018. “This way, the community gets some compensation for the austerity measures, she called ‘Crisisheffing’, or ‘crisis levy’.
ORANJESTAD – The now popular north coast residential area Urirama will no longer be the site for the newly planned windmill park. Aruba energy minister Evelyn Wever Croes confirmed this during the budget talks in Parliament Tuesday morning. “The ROP (Spatial development plan) will not be adapted to accommodate the park at Urirama” Wever argued. Windmill engineers and company must now find another location for this park.
ORANJESTAD – Aruba native Tisa LaSorte was appointed as Aruba Hotel & Tourism Associations' (AHATA) new CEO and president, according to a written statement issued Sunday by the association. LaSorte currently is a member of the Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort’s management, the islands premier Eco friendly hotel.