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Dutch St Martin's PM quits after pressure over Irma aid

Friday, November 24, 2017

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AFP) — Dutch Saint Martin's Prime Minister William Marlin announced his resignation Friday after a spat with The Netherlands over aid following a devastating hurricane that hit the Caribbean island.

Marlin told a press conference in the island's capital Philipsburg he was quitting, Dutch media reports said.

"He said he will send his resignation letter to the governor later," Dutch public broadcaster NOS said.

Marlin will be replaced by his deputy and justice minister Rafael Boasman, NOS added.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte earlier Friday demanded Marlin's resignation after he refused to step down despite two votes of no confidence by lawmakers in St Martin's parliament.

The Dutch cabinet as well as ministers from Aruba, Curacao and St Martin --- who sit on a combined council called the Rijksministerraad which oversees the Kingdom of the Netherlands -- also asked that Marlin be axed and replaced.

Marlin has twice faced votes of no-confidence this month after he refused to accept conditions set by The Hague for releasing some 550 million euros (US$653 million) in aid to the island, hit hard by Hurricane Irma more than two months ago.

A war of words broke out when the Caribbean leader in October refused to agree to conditions for aid, including setting up a special "integrity" chamber to oversee the spending and combat possible corruption.

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