By Ken Richards
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The premier of Nevis has taken issue with what he considers interference in the running of the Federal Parliament by Prime Minister Denzil Douglas.
Nevis premier Vance Amory
Premier Vance Amory, an opposition MP in the Federal Parliament, has suggested that Douglas is not observing the separation of powers that allows the parliament to be run by the Speaker of the House.
His concerns were raised at a news conference on Thursday organized by the Unity Partnership involving Amory’s Concerned Citizens Movement, the People’s Action Movement and the recently launched People’s Labour Party of former senior government ministers Dr Timothy Harris and Sam Condor.
“Clearly the parliament is being manipulated to satisfy the Prime minister and the agenda of the prime minister. That is something which, not left to just those of us who are here, but the people of this country have to begin to take this thing seriously,” Amory told reporters.
He also made reference to the nine-month-old motion of no confidence in the government of Prime Minister Douglas, filed last December but not yet tabled or debated.
Prime Minister Denzil Douglas
“The Parliament is to be managed by the Speaker and the Clerk, we get the executive which really has no authority to run, control parliament, do it all the time,” the premier said.
The premier/opposition MP insists that “this has to stop and we are questioning the authority of the leader of the executive to manipulate, dictate to the managers of parliamentary procedure; that is the Speaker and the Clerk of the Assembly”.
Meanwhile opposition boasted on Thursday that the unity partnership proved it was one step ahead of the governing Labour Party this week.
Opposition leader Mark Brantley said that, while Douglas was heading to parliament Monday to push through boundary changes, the opposition had moved to the courts to stop the changes becoming law.
On the question of the motion of no confidence, Peoples Labour Party leader Dr Timothy Harris revealed why he thinks St Kitts and Nevis is out of step with the rest of the region, citing motions which had been heard in less than a month in several countries including Montserrat, Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada.
With reports of coalition governments in Britain and Trinidad and Tobago having a hard time keeping their arrangements in place, the unity initiative has been at pains to counter claims that it is having internal problems.
And on the question of who has been selected to officially lead the unity partnership, Peoples Action Movement leader Shawn Richards told reporters that the nation would be informed of that choice in a matter of weeks, before the end of the month.
Republished with permission of West Indies News Network