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Confusion over receipt of St Kitts-Nevis opposition letter to governor general
Published on February 21, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Ken Richards

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- There appears to be some confusion over whether a recent letter from the opposition in St Kitts and Nevis sent to the country’s governor general was accepted by the head of state.

Following last week’s judgment on a motion of no confidence, the opposition leader in the federal parliament, Mark Brantley, wrote to Governor General Sir Edmund Lawrence.

Brantley reiterated in the letter that the six elected opposition MPs in the House do not support Prime Minister Denzil Douglas.

The opposition MPs explained that their support is firmly behind Team Unity leader Dr Timothy Harris.

The six, including Harris, make up the majority of elected MPs in parliament, compared to five on the government side.

St Vincent and the Grenadines opposition leader, Arnhim Eustace
The allegation that the opposition letter did not get the immediate attention of the governor general came from the opposition leader in St Vincent and the Grenadines, Arnhim Eustace.

“In the last few days the opposition in that country has attempted to send to the governor general a letter showing the support of six that is the majority of elected members who are now throwing their support behind Dr Timothy Harris, member of the opposition. I am informed that the letter was not accepted by the governor general,” Eustace said Wednesday at a news conference in the Vincentian capital, Kingstown.

“This blatant disregard of the constitution and rules of parliament is totally unacceptable and sends a dangerous signal to this region which undermines our democracy as a Caribbean community,” the Vincentian opposition leader said.

However despite that allegation, Winn FM understands that Brantley met with Lawrence on Tuesday, when a number of issues were discussed.

A reliable source told Winn FM that the governor general is aware of the letter, and is also aware of its contents.

When told about this on Thursday, Eustace said, if accurate, he was pleased that the letter from the St Kitts and Nevis opposition is getting the appropriate attention.

However, he stood by the part of his earlier statement that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government are pretending that the situation in Basseterre does not exist.

According to Eustace, some of the leaders are issuing statements on the Venezuelan protests while completely ignoring the political stalemate in St Kitts and Nevis.

He accused the leaders of hypocrisy, and said he hopes they will address the St Kitts and Nevis situation at their next CARICOM heads of government meeting in St Vincent and the Grenadines next month on March 10 and 11.

Republished with permission of West Indies News Network
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