TYPES OF LAWS, RULES AND REGULATIONS OF COUNTRY SINT MAARTEN

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Our Country is often referred to as a State of Law (Rechtstaat). This means that our Country is governed by the rule of law, and that every formal decision of the state must be based on a law and the authority provided by law to make such decisions. Our Parliament and our Government are bound by the law. The Legality Principle (Legaliteitsbeginsel) More...

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By The Publisher On Tuesday, April 17th, 2018
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DEMISSIONARY OR INTERIM CABINET?

As a young country with its many political challenges, there is a need to understand the various mechanisms and tools available in a democracy laid down in our Constitution. The past seven and a half years have More...

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By The Publisher On Monday, April 16th, 2018
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THE RIGHT TO DISSOLVE PARLIAMENT

The Constitution stipulates that the term of the Parliament is 4 years, however article 59 also provides that the Council of Ministers (the Cabinet) can make use of its right of dissolution and dissolve the Parliament More...

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By The Publisher On Saturday, April 7th, 2018
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OUR ELECTORAL SYSTEM

Democracy is a system of government in which the citizens exercise their power directly by electing representatives via  political parties, to form a governing body, such as Parliament. An electoral system is the More...

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By The Publisher On Thursday, January 11th, 2018
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THE MOTION OF NO CONFIDENCE

In general a Motion is a question or issue put to a vote in Parliament expressing its position on a particular topic or issue, its feelings or view, a desire or an instruction of Parliament on any particular subject. More...

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By The Publisher On Thursday, January 11th, 2018
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FORMATION, SCREENING, APPOINTMENT and DISMISSAL OF MINISTERS

On February 26, 2018, a “snap” election will take place. Voters are called to cast their vote to elect 15 Parliamentarians. According to the Constitution of St. Maarten, Parliament has the task to approve concept More...

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By The Publisher On Saturday, January 6th, 2018
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CHALLENGES in our PARLIAMENTARY SYSTEM

There are significant differences between countries in the way in which the Legislative and the Executive Branches are elected and structured. There are three main groups of democratic systems. A Presidential system A More...

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By The Publisher On Saturday, December 16th, 2017
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DEMOCRACY and TRIAS POLITICA

The concept of a Democratic system of government and the Trias Politica philosophy is quite old. The term  “Trias Politica” or “Separation of powers” is widely acknowledged to be linked More...

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By The Publisher On Saturday, December 16th, 2017
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ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE LEGAL REVIEW COMMITTEE

PHILIPSBURG — The Legal Review Committee is a group of 5 lawyers who will be providing you the reader with objective, non-partisan and informative articles concerning legal matters. The information is based More...