Resolution of no confidence motion needed urgently, so that region can continue to hold strong to principle of parliamentary democratic systems, says Grenada’s PM

 

Martin continues to insist that he must await the outcome a court case where a challenge was made to have the judiciary instruct him, the head of the legislature, to allow the motion. However a High Court judge has already ruled that there is no legal matter that prevents the motion from being debated and that the opposition does have a constitutional right to seek judicial redress.

 

That debate on the accomplishments of the trip by Dr. Timothy Harris of the People’s Labour Party and Shawn Richards of the People’s Action Movement, will continue, but it is now obvious that the opposition group has managed to make the issue one that is now fully known by all of CARICOM’s leaders.

 

With the extensive media coverage that was given to the visit and the trading of comments by Prime Minister Douglas, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent, Shawn Richards, Dr. Timothy Harris and the Opposition Leader in St. Vincent, Arnhim Eustace, it is evident that the issue is now a major regional story being closely followed and reported on by the media.

 

If that was the mission of Richards and Harris, then perhaps they are justified to claim success.

 

For Douglas however, his political adversaries failed to score any points and as far as he is concerned, Harris in particular, only demonstrated a lust for power.

 

Where the truth is; is for public debate and scrutiny. But one thing is certain, as gleaned from an interview with the Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. Keith Mitchell – privately, some CARICOM leaders are concerned and have whispered this to Dr. Douglas.

 

Mitchell admitted that he held private talks with Prime Minister Douglas and though he was careful not to be precise about what was said, he diplomatically shared that he expressed his views openly and candidly to the long serving Kittitian leader.

 

“Certainly I hope the situation in St. Kitts can be resolved very quickly and that there should be a resolution on that matter, either by allowing the vote of no confidence in the parliament, or the calling of general elections.” More importantly, he added, “Am sure that is the general view of most of the persons who support and adhere to the principle of parliamentary democratic systems and that is Grenada’s position and that is my own position”.

 

Mitchell says that he thinks others (perhaps prime Ministers) may have also expressed to Dr. Douglas, their own private views on what is happening with respect to the situation in St. Kitts. But he insisted it is a matter for the Government and opposition to resolve. “The problems are of an internal nature and the political climate in the country has to be solved by the people of the country,” stated the Grenadian leader.

 

“My own take on what’s happening there, as I have said to some friends; its well-known that the position that I took with respect to the former government in Grenada, headed by (then) Prime Minister Tillman Thomas, when they closed parliament for six months and we were very much against that, and articulated that very strongly.”

 

He said he is against the whole concept of the closure of parliament as a fundamental issue and he would express that to all his friends and that has been his position.

 

Mitchell says what he has done about the St. Kitts and Nevis matter is give his own views as far as the parliamentary system should work and the need to give teeth to the system of the parliament of the country.

 

“The position of Grenada…is that a resolution of the matter needs to be dealt with urgently, so that the region can continue to hold strong to the principle of parliamentary democratic systems”.

 

When asked to comment on the inactions and silence of CARICOM, as a group, Mitchell smiled and said, he would not speak on what CARICOM should do, but only on what Grenada thinks, but that he also believes that for such a wider comment, the Chairman of CARICOM, Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, is in a good position to do so.


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