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Party Workers' Liberation Front 30 May
Party Workers' Liberation Front 30th of May

Partido Frente Obrero Liberashon 30 Di Mei, Frente Obrero
(FOL)
LeaderAnthony Godett
Founded5 June 1969[1]
IdeologyPopulism
ColoursOrange

The Party Workers' Liberation Front 30th of May (Dutch: Arbeiders Bevrijdingsfront van 30 mei, Papiamento: Partido Frente Obrero Liberashon 30 Di Mei, Frente Obrero, abbreviated FOL) is a populist political party in Curaçao founded in 1969. The party participated in the general elections for the Curaçao-constituency in the Estates of the Netherlands Antilles and the Curaçao Island council until the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles in 2010. After losing its seat in the Estates of Curaçao following the 2012 Curaçao general election, the party is not represented anymore in the Curaçao legislature.[2]

Netherlands Antilles

The party was founded in 1969 and named after the riots/uprising of 30 May. When Wilson Godett and Stanley Brown were elected in the Estates of the Netherlands Antilles, they were still in jail for their connections with the riots; but their upcoming membership in the Estates set them free.[1] During the 2002 and 2006 elections respectively, the party won 5 and 2 of the 14 Curaçao-seats in the 22 seat Estates of the Netherlands Antilles,[3][4] but during the 2010 election the party failed to obtain any seats.[5]

In 2003, the party obtained eight seats and became the largest party in the 21-seat island council (with 34% of the vote),[6] dropping to 2 seats in 2007.[7] The party delivered two prime-ministers of the Netherlands Antilles: Ben Komproe and Mirna Louisa-Godett. The latter was only appointed as Governor Frits Goedgedrag refused to inaugurate her brother (and son of Wilson Godett) Anthony Godett. The single seat[8] the party obtained in the Island council election of 2010 (held by Anthony Godett) automatically became a seat in the Estates of Curaçao upon the Dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles in 2010.

Curaçao

During the elections of 2012, the party participated in the elections, obtaining 1,790 votes (2.1%). This was not enough for a seat. The party participated in order to qualify for participating in the elections in 2016 and 2017, in which it needed to obtain 870 and 792 votes respectively (1% of the turnout in the previous elections). The party did not manage to do so in 2016 (with 622 votes), but in 2017 it did, in a joint list with Partido Aliansa Nobo (1,124 votes). It did not obtain a seat in the parliament in the 20117 elections.

Year Votes % of the vote Seats Preliminaries Preliminaries
(requirement)
joint list with
2012 1,790 2.1 - not needed -
2016 did not qualify 622 870 -
2017 859 1.1 - 1,124 792 Partido Aliansa Nobo

References

  1. ^ a b Leoni Leidel-Schenk (12 October 2012). "Partijen aan het woord: Frente Obrero" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2012.
  2. ^ "Pueblo Soberano Biggest Party After Elections 2012". Curaçao Chronicle. 19 October 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ "Totaaluitslag 2006". Main Electoral Office, Curaçao (Conseho Supremo Elektoral) (in Dutch). Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ "Totaaluitslag 2002". Main Electoral Office, Curaçao (Conseho Supremo Elektoral) (in Dutch). Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ "Totaaluitslag 2010". Main Electoral Office, Curaçao (Conseho Supremo Elektoral) (in Dutch). Retrieved 2012.
  6. ^ "Verkiezingsuitslag 2003". Main Electoral Office, Curaçao (Conseho Supremo Elektoral) (in Dutch). Retrieved 2012.
  7. ^ "Eilandsraadverkiezingen, 2007". Main Electoral Office, Curaçao (Conseho Supremo Elektoral) (in Dutch). Retrieved 2012.
  8. ^ "Eilandsraadverkiezingen, 27 augustus 2010". Main Electoral Office, Curaçao (Conseho Supremo Elektoral) (in Dutch). Retrieved 2012.



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