Nigel Carty nominated parliamentary senator, as part of an expected robust opposition

Carty will be sworn in Thursday morning at the opening sitting of the National Assembly at Government Headquarters in downtown Basseterre.

A statement from an opposition source states that Dr. Denzil Douglas, the former prime minister, has nominated Carty to serve as senator on the opposition benches.

While performing senatorial duties under the previous Labour Administration, Nigel Carty served as minister of state with responsibility for information, technology, education and agriculture at various times of his tenure that spanned 2004 to 2015.

Carty is known for his aggressive defense of the party’s positions in the National Assembly, but his style of management had led to an aggravated relationship between the Teachers’ Union and the Ministry of Education on the contentious BHS situation.

Meanwhile, it is expected that Dr. Douglas also will be sworn in on Thursday, as leader of the opposition in the federation’s National Assembly.

Coming out of the February 2015 General Elections, the Douglas led Labour Party emerged with only three out of the eight seats on St. Kitts, and his Nevis coalition partner, the Nevis Reformation Party, only managed 1 out of three seats on the island of Nevis.

Both parties are expected to form a robust opposition alliance in the National Assembly when it begins regular sessions a few weeks from now.

During a May 12 press conference of Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris, the nominees proposed by the Team Unity Government were reaffirmed.

These included Michael Perkins to be nominated a senator on government’s benches, as well as to be nominated deputy speaker of the National Assembly. He will be sworn in after the nominee for speaker of the National Assembly, well known businessman Franklyn Brand, takes his oath of office.

The ‘Throne Speech’ will be delivered by Deputy Governor-General Tapley Seaton, QC, a former attorney general of St. Kitts and Nevis in the PAM-NRP administration that took the country into political Independence.

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