This has been confirmed by the Leader of the Opposition, Mark Brantley when he announced in a statement on Tuesday, 10th December, that “…the Members of the Opposition will not participate in this farcical Budget 2013 debate.”
Brantley reminded that Wednesday, 11th December 2013, will mark the first anniversary of the filing by him, on behalf of the Members of the Opposition who constitute an elected majority in Parliament, of a Motion of No Confidence in Dr. Denzil Douglas and his Administration.
The Opposition leader complained that “Despite many public protests, vociferous calls from civil society and concerns by Caribbean luminaries about the undermining of democracy in this country, Dr. Douglas continues in office in breach of Section 52(2) of the Constitution of St. Christopher and Nevis.”
Without a doubt, argued Brantley, Dr. Douglas must be considered an illegitimate Prime Minister who runs our democracy like it is a monarchy. The people of St. Kitts and Nevis deserve to be governed by who they elect, not who Dr. Douglas selects, added Brantley who is also the Deputy Premier of Nevis.
He said that the Parliament must not proceed as if it is business as usual. It is his position that the Nation demands better.
“Our principled stance of defiance to this debasing of our once proud Parliament must and will continue. We ask the citizens of this country to stand with us as we fight for our democracy and the preservation of our cherished ideals as a Nation.”
Brantley and his colleagues on the opposition benches were also absent on Tuesday for the Budget Speech, presented by the Minister of Finance and Prime Minister, Dr. Denzil Douglas.