Fellow residents and friends, On Thursday, January 31, 2013, a letter dated January 30, 2013 was hand delivered to the Office of the Prime Minister. This was a letter of resignation from the St. Kitts-Nevis Federal Cabinet, signed by The Honorable Sam Condor.
Out of respect for Mr. Condor, and in light of the great distance that we had traveled together as members and leaders of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, I immediately attempted to reach Mr. Condor by telephone to thank him for his many years of service; to state once again that I still, to this day, am unable to comprehend the cause of this breach; and to extend my very best wishes to him in his future endeavours. I deemed it essential that I speak to the former Minister prior to addressing the nation in response to his resignation, and made several additional attempts to do so but to no avail.
I therefore once again thank Mr. Condor for his many years of service, and hereby make official my acceptance of his resignation.
I wish at this time to advise the public that I have requested His Excellency, Governor-General Sir Edmund Lawrence, to make the following Ministerial appointments:
To the Social Security Board will be added to the current portfolio of The Rt Honorable Prime Minister.
To the current portfolio of The Honorable Patrice Nesbitt will be added the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security, and Labour.
To the current portfolio of the Honorable Richard Skerritt will be added the Ministries of International Trade, Industry, Commerce, and Consumer Affairs.
And The Honorable Dr Earl Asim Martin has been appointed Deputy Prime Minister.
Fellow Citizens – St. Kitts-Nevis is on a solid social, economic, and political path. Crime has been reduced to levels we could never have anticipated a few short years ago. The dramatic reduction of our debt has freed up millions of dollars, formerly used for debt servicing, that can now be used to meet the needs of Kittitians and Nevisians. The IMF consistently declares our performance targets as having been met. And despite the sometimes frenzied political propaganda, this democratically elected Government has always been guided by the dictates of our Constitution, and this we shall continue to do.
There is a great deal of work to be done.
There is our Constitution that must be upheld.
And to both, you can be assured, this Government – your Government – is completely committed.
Thank you, and may God bless and protect St. Kitts & Nevis.