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First Wescot-Williams cabinet

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First Wescot-Williams cabinet

1st Cabinet of Sint Maarten
Date formed10 October 2010
Date dissolved30 April 2012[1]
(Replaced on 21 May 2012)
People and organisations
Head of stateBeatrix of the Netherlands
Head of governmentSarah Wescot-Williams
Member partiesDemocratic Party (DP)
United People's Party (UP)
Election(s)2010 election
Outgoing electionN/A
SuccessorWescot-Williams II

The First Wescot-Williams cabinet was the first Cabinet of Sint Maarten installed following the achievement of constituent country status of Sint Maarten within the Kingdom of the Netherlands on 10 October 2010. Government formation followed the September 2010 Sint Maarten general election, which saw the National Alliance emerge as the largest party. Nevertheless, the coalition was formed by the Democratic Party and the United Peoples party. Despite only winning two seats, the office of Prime Minister was delivered by DP's head Sarah Wescot-Williams.[2]

The coalition collapsed in April 2012 after United Peoples faction leader Romain Laville left his party and became an independent member of parliament. The cabinet lost its majority and tabled its resignation with the governor.[3] The cabinet was succeeded by the second Wescot-Williams cabinet on 21 May 2012.[4]


The cabinet was composed as follows:[5]

Main office-holders
Office Name Party Since
Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams DP 10 October 2010
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Housing, Physical Planning, and Environment Theodore Heyliger UP 10 October 2010
Minister of Finance Hiro Shigemoto UP 10 October 2010
Minister of Justice Roland Duncan UP 10 October 2010
Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications Franklin Meyers UP 10 October 2010
Minister of Healthcare, Social Development, and Labor Maria Buncamper-Molanus DP 10 October 2010
Sarah Wescot-Williams (interim) DP 23 December 2010[6]
Cornelius de Weever DP 10 March 2011[7]
Minister of Education, Culture, Youth, and Sports Rhoda Arrindell UP 10 October 2010
Minister Plenipotentiary of Sint Maarten Mathias Voges DP 10 October 2010


  1. ^ "New NA-led Govt looms". The Daily Herald. 2 May 2012.
  2. ^ - Wescot verrassende eerste premier Sint Maarten Archived May 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Belkis Osepa (2012-04-28). "Regering Sint Maarten is gevallen". RNW. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  4. ^ "New ministers sworn in, NA-led Govt takes office". The Daily Herald. 22 May 2012.
  5. ^ - Institutions of Country St. Maarten Established
  6. ^ Maria resigns as minister, NA rescinds no confidence motion., The Daily Herald, December 21, 2014
  7. ^ "Cornelius de Weever takes office as minister today". The Today Newspaper. 2011-03-10. Archived from the original on 2014-12-05. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
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