Defeated Aruban PM blames Dutch interference
Defeated Aruban Prime Minister Nelson Oduber has blamed his MEP party’s defeat in Friday’s election on interference by the NetherlandsThe Netherlands - Defeated Aruban Prime Minister Nelson Oduber has blamed his MEP party’s defeat in Friday’s election on interference by the Netherlands.
He referred in particular to a recent Dutch announcement of an investigation into corruption on the island, a move he had always fiercely resisted.
He said the closure of the Valero refinery, and the resulting loss of 700 jobs, had also contributed to his party’s defeat.
Oduber’s governing MEP party lost the elections after eight years of majority rule on the island. The party saw its number of parliamentary seats drop from 11 to 8.
The elections were won by the Christian-Democrat AVP, which took 12 of the 21 seats available.
AVP leader Mike Eman said in his victory speech that he would dedicate himself to increasing purchasing power and to improving relations with the Netherlands.