This week Action21 came to life led by politically unknown Miguel Mansur, and much-appreciated parliamentarian Daphne Lejuez, a former MEP member, now independent.
Those wishing to acquaint themselves with Mansur watched his interview on Noticia Cla, and saw him again at the party’s debut at the Surfside, where he held the first press conference, against a backdrop of charming, raucous, tweeting birds.
I thank you both for coming forward, this country needs you.
I am also in full support and in ongoing contact with RAIZ whose leader Ursell Arends, is a personal friend.
We need these leaders to help us out, they expressed the willingness to sacrifice their personal life in service of this country and I want them to be successful, in order to valance the incompetence, on both ends of our political rainbow.
Lejuez reported her kids helped her make the decision to run again over the Easter holiday.
I am sure she was approached by both RAIZ and Action21 and made a careful choice. She deserves our support because over the last years she demonstrated political courage and integrity, she is fluent in our political language, familiar with the quirks and I hope she coverts voters easily, by the strength of her character.
Mansur is an unknown political entity, but he is well educated, which goes a long way. He says the right things and is a fresh candidate, speaking for young people in search of opportunity, the LGBT community, and anyone feeling out of place. He intends to complement COHO’s input, not oppose it, and hopes to improve education, health, our judicial system and finances.
Best of all, he seems comfortable in his skin, and while the interviewer on Noticia Cla was squirmish speaking about the gay issue, Mansur handled himself extremely well and laid the subject to rest.
He said he was the first openly gay leader in our region, which is totally normal in Europe, and we should be proud of our liberal, progressive views. About 15% of our population is chained to an old set of beliefs, but 85% is interested in the vision for a better Aruba.
It’s what one does, that matters, no who you love, he explained. I am not a gay leader, he added, I am a political leader who happens to be gay.
According to Mansur 11 seats are up for grabs, in the upcoming election. I hope our alternative young parties, wedge themselves right in the middle.
In recent days, the stale has-beens of the AVP party are making irrelevant noises again. The MEP party is gearing up, with or without #3, Romero Crispin, who must vacate his position on the list in favor of #4, Danguilliaume Oduber, who aspires to move forward, thanks to his brilliant handling of Operation Vaccine.
Two parties never made it to the register, one headed by Michael Williams and Jan de Ruiter. Because of the government fall, and the election announcement, they did not finish the paper work, or so I hope.
Another political party that never made it, headed by Lissette Malmberg, who invested a lot of work and time in creating a good infrastructure, did not finish the paperwork on time, and won’t be able to participate.