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De Lannooy leaves PNP

WILLEMSTAD--Former leader of People's National Party (PNP) of Curaçao and current Minister of Finance Ersilia de Lannooy has tendered her resignation as member of the green party.

The move came as a surprise to the current PNP leadership, even though De Lannooy had stayed on as minister for PAR at the request of that party's leader and Prime Minister Emily de Jongh-Elhage after PNP – with De Lannooy's successor Humphrey Davelaar heading the list – earned only one seat in the January Antillean Parliamentary elections and was forced to accept a state secretary rather than a minister in the Central Government formation talks, which post was occupied by Dudley Lucia.

Some within PNP were not happy with that arrangement, but Davelaar said he had a good relationship with the minister, and had not expected her letter, two weeks before the August 27 elections for a new Island Council that is to become the first Parliament of Country Curaçao.

PNP officially confirmed receipt of the resignation letter and said it would be dealt with in the next board meeting. De Lannooy, who was off-island, had recently been strongly criticised by PNP faction leader Faroe Metry for not presenting a 2011 federal budget in light of the dismantling of the Netherlands Antilles as of 10-10-10.

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