Prime Minster, Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, has announced in his annual Christmas Message to the nation, Tuesday 25th December, 2012 (Christmas Day) that the federation of St. Kitts and Nevis is to get a new Governor General from Tuesday 1st January 2013.
“And with 2012 drawing to a close, and 2013 upon us, this, I think, is the perfect time for me to share with the nation the fact that effective January 1, 2013, His Excellency, Dr. Sir Cuthbert Montraville Sebastian, will be retiring from the post of Governor General, after seventeen years of distinguished and sterling service to our nation,” said Prime Minister Douglas.
“On behalf of the Government and people of our Federation, I extend this expression of heartfelt gratitude to Sir Cuthbert who, from the earliest days of this Administration, has delivered the very highest standards of service to the state. Sir Cuthbert, as we all know, had built an illustrious career as a medical doctor prior to assuming the role of Governor General on January 1, 1996, and we thank him most sincerely for his many contributions to our nation throughout his long and impressive career”, Dr. Douglas added.
Sir Edmund was further announced by Prime Minister Douglas, to be Sir Cuthbert’s successor.
“Assuming the post of Governor-General, effective January 2, 2013, I am pleased to announce, that there will be another distinguished and highly accomplished son of the soil, Sir Edmund Lawrence, currently Managing Director of the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank. The National Bank, under the leadership of Sir Edmund has not only been an extraordinary vehicle for the upward mobility of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis, and it has not only been pivotal to the growth and expansion of countless businesses here in the Federation, it has also, due to the astute vision and management of Sir Edmund, become the leading indigenous bank in the Eastern Caribbean,” said Prime Minister Douglas.
“We are honoured, therefore, that Sir Edmund has agreed to serve our nation in this capacity, and on behalf of the Government and people of our nation, look forward to his assumption of these new and important duties,” said Dr. Douglas in his 18th Christmas Message to the People as Prime Minister.