Marcel Gumbs

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His Excellency
Marcel Gumbs
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2nd Prime Minister of Sint Maarten
In office
19 December 2014 – 19 November 2015
Monarch Willem-Alexander
Governor Eugene Holiday
Preceded by Sarah Wescot-Williams
Succeeded by William Marlin
Personal details
Born (1953-02-26) 26 February 1953 (age 65)
Curacao
Political party United People's Party
Website Government website

Marcel Faustiano Augustin Gumbs (born 26 February 1953)[1] is a Sint Maarten politician who served as the 2nd Prime Minister of Sint Maarten from 2014 to 2015. He was selected as Prime Minister in the coalition agreement between the United People's Party and the independent Members Parliament Cornelius de Weever and Leona Marlin-Romeo.[2] Prior to becoming Prime Minister he served as a member on the Sint Maarten Council of Advise.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Marcel Gumbs was born on 26 February 1953 on Curaçao. As a child Gumbs attended the St. Joseph School in Sint Maarten.[1]

Political career[edit]

He began his career in 1983, as an observer in the Parliament of the Netherlands Antilles for the Democratic Party (DP). In that same year, he postulated himself for the Island Council election but did not obtain enough votes to be elected. In the 1985 parliamentary election Gumbs received 218 votes and was elected to parliament for his first term. In 1990 when DP leader Claude Wathey refused to accept his parliamentary seat, Gumbs having received the next highest votes, 419 was sworn into his second parliamentary term. For the 1994 parliamentary election, Gumbs led the DP and was elected to a third term with a career high 919 votes. After receiving 416 votes in the 1998 parliamentary election, Gumbs became a junior minister in the cabinet of Prime Minister Susanne Camelia-Römer.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cook, Kenneth Antonio (2007). The Politicians Who Made a Difference: 50 Movers and Shakers. Miami, FL: Co. K. p. 40. ISBN 9789990408140. 
  2. ^ (in Dutch) "Marcel Gumbs Minister-President Sint Maarten", Caribisch Netwerk, 18 December 2014
  3. ^ "Sint Maarten Council of Advise members". councilofadvicesxm.com. Archived from the original on January 3, 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Council of Advice representatives visit St. Maarten House". smn-news.com. Archived from the original on January 3, 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Lynch, Edgar H.; Lynch, Julian C. (1999). Know Your Political History (Rev. ed.). Philipsburg, St. Martin: House of Nehesi Publ. p. 102. ISBN 0913441325. 

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