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Gilmar Pisas

(28 October 1971 - )

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Gilmar S. Pisas
Seventh Prime Minister of Curaçao

Gilmar S. "Pik" Pisas is a Curaçaoan politician of the Movement for the Future of Curaçao. He has been Prime Minister of Curaçao since 24 March 2017.

Early life

Pisas was born on 28 October 1971. Before becoming involved in politics he worked as a police officer.

Career

Pisas was elected to the Estates of Curaçao in the 2016 elections. On 17 February 2017 Pisas was elected President of the Estates, he succeeded Giselle McWilliam.

On 24 March 2017 Pisas was sworn in as Prime Minister of Curaçao. His cabinet received support by 12 of 21 MP's. It included those belonging to the Movement for the Future of Curaçao, Korsou di Nos Tur, Movementu Progresivo, Sovereign People and independent MP's Gassan Dannawi and Eduard Braam.  Pisas was positioned as interim Prime Minister, pending the screening of Charles Cooper. Pisas was succeeded as President of the Estates by Amerigo Thodé.

Shortly after the formation of the Pisas cabinet, it requested Governor Lucille George-Wout that the planned 28 April elections be cancelled. Pisas stated that a new majority had been formed in the Estates and that there was thus no need for new elections. This new majority of MP's started a procedure at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to allow the elections to be cancelled. The petition to the ECHR was dismissed by the court on 29 March.

A National Decree was adopted by the Estates on 27 March, calling for the cancelling or postponing of the elections. Governor George-Wout refused to sign the decree, cited it "seriously impaired legal certainty and good governance" and nominated it for destruction at the Council of Ministers of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Council of Ministers of the Kingdom of the Netherlands proposed, by use of an Algemene maatregel van rijksbestuur (nl), to task Governor George-Wout with responsibility for holding the elections. Minister of Interior and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk stated that the "interim cabinet severely damaged the integrity of the electoral process" and asked the Council of State for an urgent advice. On 3 April the Council of State gave a positive advice for the proposed measures. The proposed measures were formally taken by the Council of Ministers of the Kingdom of the Netherlands the same day. In response to the actions by the Council of Ministers Pisas stated: "the Netherlands is biased" and that the Netherlands was behind the parties opposing his coalition. He regretted the decision by the Council and called it unnecessary.

On 28 April, the day of the elections, Pisas submitted the resignation of his cabinet and that of the Minister Plenipotentiary of Curaçao to the Governor. On 29 May the Pisas cabinet was succeeded by that of Eugene Rhuggenaath.

Sources
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilmar_Pisas
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Occupation Politician
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Date of Birth 28 October 1971
Place of Birth Curaçao
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Prime Minister of Curaçao: 24 March 2017 - 29 May 2017
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