Minister Plenipotentiary of Sint Maarten

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The Minister Plenipotentiary of Sint Maarten (Dutch: Gevolmachtigd Minister van Sint Maarten) represents the constituent country of Sint Maarten in the Council of Ministers of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The current Minister Plenipotentiary is Henrietta Doran-York.

A significant difference between the Netherlands Ministers and the Ministers Plenipotentiary is that the former Ministers are accountable for their politics and policies to the Dutch parliament. The Ministers Plenipotentiary, however, are accountable to their national governments. Therefore, the Ministers Plenipotentiary usually do not resign in the event of a Dutch cabinet crisis.[1]

List of Ministers Plenipotentiary of Sint Maarten

The following table lists the Ministers Plenipotentiary of Sint Maarten that have been in office since Sint Maarten became a country in the Kingdom of the Netherlands in 2010:

# Name Took office Left office Party
1[2][3] Mathias Voges 10 October 2010 19 December 2014 DP
2[4][5] Josianne Fleming-Artsen 19 December 2014 19 November 2015 UP
3[6] Henrietta Doran-York 19 November 2015 Incumbent NA


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  2. "Mathias Voges selected minister plenipotentiary". The Daily Herald. 2010-10-21. Retrieved 2010-11-03.
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  4. "New Marcel Gumbs Cabinet takes office". The Daily Herald. 19 December 2014. Archived from the original on December 20, 2014.
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  6. "Prime Minister William Marlin promised open and transparent government.". SMN News. 19 November 2015.
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