The 2010-2011 parliamentary year will close on Monday afternoon, September 12. A special ceremony of parliament will be held for this occasion at 2.00pm.

The parliamentary session was planned for 10.00am on Monday, however, due to unforeseen circumstances, this had to be rescheduled.

President of Parliament Hon. drs. Gracita Arrindell will deliver her annual report to members of parliament for the country’s first parliamentary year.

The four faction leaders will also make addresses to the nation with respect to the closing of the 2010-2011 parliamentary year.

The faction leaders are United Peoples party (UP) Honourable Romain Laville, Member of Parliament (MP), Democratic Party (DP) Hon. Roy Marlin (MP), Independent Hon. Patrick Illidge (MP), and National Alliance (NA) Hon. William Marlin (MP).

The meeting will take place in the General Assembly Chamber on Monday at 2.00pm. This special closing session of parliament will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 20.

On Monday the final preparations for the opening ceremony of the new parliamentary year 2011-2012 will be completed. The opening ceremony will take place from 9.30am on Tuesday, September 13.

Insight into the ceremony and preparations for September 13 can be viewed in a press briefing by President of Parliament to be aired on Monday, St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 15 at 7.00pm.

The opening ceremony of the new parliamentary year will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 20 from 9.30am on Tuesday. It will also be carried live on radio and via the internet on parliament’s website:

Sunday, 11 September 2011

The Central Committee of Parliament meeting of Wednesday about the Penal Code has been rescheduled until Thursday.

The Central Committee of Parliament will meet with Professor H. den Doelder in the General Assembly Chamber at 2.00pm.

Central Committee meetings are public and are carried live by St. Maarten Cable TV on Channel 20.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011
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Faction leaders represented in Parliament met with the new Dutch representative Gerard van der Wulp from the Dutch Ministry of Interior & Kingdom Relations, who is replacing Rob van Maas at the Dutch Head Representation Office in Willemstad, Curacao. Faction leaders were able to discuss exchange views on a host of issues with Wulp. The meeting took place in the House of Parliament’s conference room.

Friday, 19 August 2011

The Ad Hoc Committee of the Rules of Order of Parliament met on Wednesday and the meeting is set to continue on Thursday, September 1.

The Ad Hoc Committee Rules of Order will meet in the General Assembly Chamber at 2.00pm.

Committee members are Members of Parliament (MPs) Hon. Dr. Lloyd Richardson, MP Hon. Patrick Illidge, MP Hon. Roy Marlin, and MP Hon. Sylvia Olivacce-Meyers.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011
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