Baetsen withdraws candidacy in face of controversy

POSTED: 04/3/11 4:02 PM

St. Maarten – Rudolf Baetsen, who was the Chief Financial Officer of Atlantis Casino in Cupecoy, has told Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte he is no longer interested in being Chairman of the Board of  Commissioners of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten. He withdrew from the post, even before taking it on, in a letter he sent Curacao’s Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte on March 31.

Baetsen begins the letter by thanking Schotte for nominating him and confirms that he’d started getting ready to leave his current home in the Netherlands to make his way to the island to set up his new home and “serve with honor and integrity.” His preparations included resigning from all his current posts. But with controversy rising on all sides about the appointment, Baetsen has decided not to take up the post.

“Following the controversy caused by the announcement of my nomination, I believe it is in the best interests of our country to respectfully reject your appointment so that the process of building the nation that you are currently busy with is not hindered by further controversy,” Baetsen wrote in his letter.

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