gerrit_schotte.jpgKINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Curacao's former leader is holed up inside what used to be his official offices, accusing the acting governor of sparking a bloodless “coup'' by forming an interim government three weeks before general elections.

Gerrit Schotte resigned Aug. 3 as Curacao's prime minister after his government lost its majority on the Dutch Caribbean island. He dissolved parliament and called elections for Oct. 19.

But on Saturday, Acting Governor Adeel van der Pluijm-Vrede swore in an interim administration.

Parliamentarians had called for an interim government to prepare for the vote. They've also alleged that Schotte was misusing public funds, a claim he denies.

Schotte said Sunday that his rivals have a “hidden agenda'' to influence next month's elections in which he plans to run as leader of the Curacao Future Movement.