Speaking at the official installation of the new Government of National Unity, Prime Minister Harris key focus was on assuring the populace that they would deliver on promises made during the campaign trail.
“I promise you that your government shall be the government of all citizens and residents of St. Kitts and Nevis. I promise you that your government will be fair, fair to all, and we shall ensure that all our citizens and residents receive a fairer share of the national resources,” said Harris at the 22nd February late afternoon event, as he extended words of inclusion for the young people of the Federation.
“I pledge that a new dawn has come for the young people of St. Kitts and Nevis, and tomorrow (23rd Feb.) is a new beginning of how, because Team Unity would ensure prosperity would come to the people of St. Kitts and Nevis. That is what this mission has been about.
“It has always been about you, your needs, your wants, your dreams, and how as a government, we would not be a stumbling block to the legitimate expectations of our people,” said Prime Minister Harris, at the ceremony attended by the prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, several Caribbean government representatives and the Diplomatic Corps.
He called on the country to “embrace the new paradigm”.
“Let us approach the future with a renewed sense of purpose, with fresh thoughts, attitudes and behaviours that set the conditions for a better and brighter future for this country,” said Harris.
In a nearly four-hour-long swearing-in ceremony that featured heavy representation of the Federation’s religious community, Prime Minister Harris announced that Shawn Richards would be the Deputy Prime Minister, with ministerial responsibilities for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture. Premier Vance Amory is Senior Minister, Minister of Nevis Affairs, a new ministerial portfolio, as well as minister with responsibilities for Labour, Social Security and Ecclesiastical Affairs.
The largest portfolio went to Eugene Hamilton, as minister responsible for Agriculture, Health and National Insurance, Human Settlement, Community Development, Gender Affairs Social Services, Cooperatives and Lands. He would be assisted by Minister of State Wendy Phipps.
The senior diplomat is Mark Brantley, who is now Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aviation. Lindsay Grant is sworn-in as minister responsible for Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce. Ian Liburd has ministerial responsibilities for Public Infrastructure, Posts, Urban Development and Transport.
Attorney General Vincent Byron is minister for Justice, Legal Affairs and Communications, and Michael Perkins has been appointed Senator in the Federal government.
Justice Marline Carter administered the Oaths of Allegiance, Office and Secrecy, with the Governor-General Sir Edmund Lawrence signed and presented the writs of office to ministers to formally install the new government.
The Team Unity Government of St. Kitts and Nevis comprises elected and appointed representatives of the People’s Action Movement, the Concerned Citizens Movement and the People’s Labour Party.
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