The resignation of Prime Minister of Aruba Evelyn Wever-Croes is in the hands of the Acting Governor of Aruba, Yvonne Lacle Dirksz, and it is being considered.
Wever-Croes presented the resignation of all ministers of her Cabinet to the Acting Governor on Tuesday. The Acting Governor informed the Prime Minister that she is considering the resignation of all ministers of Cabinet Wever-Croes and of the minister plenipotentiary.
In doing so, Acting Governor Lacle Dirksz has requested the Prime Minister and her Cabinet to continue to do what is deemed necessary in the interest of Aruba and to continue to cooperate with her until the dismissal request is decided upon. Wever-Croes tendered her resignation after the FIU-Aruba (Financial Intelligence Unit) made a so-called MOT report (reporting unusual transaction) to the Public Prosecutor’s Office.
It alleged that irregularities were involved in the management of funds on a bank account of a foundation of the fraction of the political party, POR, in the Parliament of Aruba.
On the instruction of the Procurator General, this was further investigated by the Landsrecherche Aruba (National detective agency) and this led to a suspicion of embezzlement.
Some accounts were seized that have come to light during the investigation so far.
The prime minister in her resignation letter stated that integrity and good governance are important aspects in the government agreement of the Cabinet Wever-Croes.
She said a violation of this nature is considered extremely serious. Wever-Croes also wrote that the Government discussed the best reaction to the serious violation of integrity by its coalition party and that the seriousness of the accusation and its consequences led to the decision to resign and dissolve Parliament.
The response from the public on the prime minister’s response to the situation has been largely positive with many admiring her style of leadership.
Facebook commenters had this to say:
“Much admiration and respect. Grateful to have had them leading in these very difficult times, excellent work.”
“Hard but a good move!”
“She did the right thing.”
Wever-Croes was sworn in as Aruba’s first female prime minister in 2017.