HONOURABLE MARK BRANTLEY ENDORSES SECOND READING OF (TENURE OF OFFICE OF PRIME MINISTER) (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2019

Basseterre, St. Kitts, November 28, 2019 (SKNIS): Honourable Mark Brantley, the representative for Nevis #9 in the National Assembly of St. Kitts and Nevis, has endorsed the Saint Christopher and Nevis (Tenure of Office of Prime Minister) (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which was tabled for its second reading on Thursday, November 28, 2019.

While addressing the parliament on Thursday, Honourable Brantley, who is also the Premier of Nevis, commended Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris for moving the Bill through the Honourable House.

“It is rare Mr. Speaker, that anybody in a seat of power, privilege and prestige is minded to lead the charge to limit that power, privilege and prestige. It goes against the grain of human nature,” Member of Parliament (MP) Brantley stated. “But here we have a prime minister who is saying that this amendment will apply to me, and also will apply to whosoever may come.”

Honourable Brantley added that the amendment, which is the first constitutional amendment to be made since St. Kitts and Nevis gained sovereignty in 1983, will help to promote good governance.

“It forces the government and a leader to start to work from day one because if he or she is to have a legacy, he or she understands they do not have the luxury of 20 or 30 years,” he said.

Honourable Brantley described today as a “proud day” for the parliament.

The debate on the second reading of the Saint Christopher and Nevis (Tenure of Office of Prime Minister) (Amendment) Bill, 2019, continues tomorrow, Friday, November 29, 2019.