Opposition targets CARICOM Meeting in St. Vincent to force issue of Motion of No Confidence

Their target is Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas but equally so the other Heads of Government, as the joint St. Kitts and Nevis opposition continue their political crusade to force the Government in Basseterre to allow the debate on a motion of no confidence that has been pending for approximately 15 months.

Though it is the direct responsibility of the Speaker of the National Assembly, Curtis Martin, to ensure that the motion is placed on the Order Paper for debate, it is being suggested that the Speaker would not act unless approved by the Government.

While in St. Vincent, the opposition delegation, which includes the leader of the People’s Action Movement, (PAM), Shawn Richards, and the leader of the People’s Labour Party, Dr. Timothy Harris, have been holding talks with members of the opposition of that country, including Leader of the Opposition, Arhnim Eustace.

The objective of the mission is to create greater awareness about the constitutional challenges presented by the delay in the hearing of the motion.

The opposition members have been emboldened by a recent High Court decision where the judge “ruled that the right of Members of Parliament to have the motion debated as a matter of priority and urgently is being infringed by the failure of the Speaker to hear the Motion”, said a statement. 

The judge also ruled that there is no legal obstacle that prevents the Speaker from hearing the motion.

The message of the St. Kitts and Nevis opposition has also been taken directly to the people of St. Vincent, through media interviews, including one call-in radio program. Opposition politicians in St. Vincent have also been briefed on the situation in St. Kitts and Nevis.

A press conference has also been scheduled to be held at the Greenhouse in Buccament’s Bay, a short distance from the resort in which CARICOM heads are meeting.  It is expected that this Press Conference will be preceded by other activities. Local and regional media are expected to be linked up to this historic conference, said a statement.

The press conference which begins at 11:00am on Monday is also expected to be carried live by WINN FM, VON Radio, Radio St. Kitts-Nevis and Sugar City FM, Radio Anguilla, Radio St. Martin and Antigua’s Observer Radio.

 

 

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