|Hensley Felix Koeiman
Sicth Prime Minister of Curaçao
Hensley Felix Koeiman is a Curaçaoan politician who was Prime Minister of Curaçao between 23 December 2016 and 24 March 2017.
Early life and education
Hensley Felix Koeiman was born in Wacawa, Banda Bou, Curaçao, on 21 May 1956. He attended the Netherlands to study architectural engineering at the Hogere technische school (nl) in Tilburg. Koeiman worked as a teacher of architectural engineering at a Middelbare technische school (nl). He was also head of the country building service of the Netherlands Antilles as well as head of the facilitary services of the Bank of the Netherlands Antilles.
From 2007 until the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles on 10 October 2010, Koeiman was member of the island council of Curaçao. He was number five of the candidate list for the Curaçao general election, 2010.
On 1 June 2013 Koeiman was elected Partido MAN party leader and succeeded Charles Cooper.
Koeiman was lijsttrekker for the Partido MAN for the Curaçao general election, 2016. His party won the most votes, resulting in four seats in the Estates. Koeiman stated he was ready to take a role in government. On 14 December a coalition agreement was signed between the Partido MAN, the Party for the Restructured Antilles (PAR), National People's Party (PNP) and Sovereign People (PS). Kenneth Gijsbertha of the Partido Man had been formateur. Koeiman was designated as Prime Minister of Curaçao. A new cabinet could not be immediately installed pending screening of the ministers.
On 12 February 2017 the Koeiman cabinet fell after Sovereign People withdrew its support in the Estates. The Sovereign People parliamentarians in their letter of withdrawal of support also announced to support a government led by the Movement for the Future of Curaçao of Gerrit Schotte. Koeiman stated that there had been pressure on his government coalition from the start. His cabinet continued as a demissionary cabinet. Koeiman announced he wished to hold new elections on 28 April 2017.
On 24 March 2017 Koeiman was succeeded as Prime Minister by Gilmar Pisas.