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No debate on no confidence motion, predicts St Kitts-Nevis opposition
Published on March 18, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- St Kitts and Nevis opposition leader Mark Brantley says he has given up hope that the motion of no confidence in the government he filed 15 months ago will be tabled. According to Brantley, Prime Minister Denzel Douglas has no interest in having the motion brought before parliament.

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Mark Brantley
“I do not believe at this stage that the prime minister has any interest in having that motion called. And with regret, I say that the speaker will do as the speaker is directed to do,” Brantley told WINN FM.

The governing Labour Party, with five elected MPs to the six of the combined parliamentary opposition, would be hard-pressed to defeat the motion.

Douglas has indicated that he is likely to call a general election soon and Brantley said there are signs of preparation for the national poll.

“I see all the preparation on the ground here by the NRP (Nevis Reformation Party) the Labour coalition partner in Nevis, and so it is evident to me that we are headed towards an election,” Brantley, the deputy premier in Nevis, said.

He is of the view that the general election has been delayed because constituency boundary changes approved by parliament are yet to take effect.

A court injunction obtained by opposition MPs in September 2013, prevents the governor general from signing those changes into law. The boundary changes case is scheduled to be heard by the high court next month.

Meanwhile, the leader of the opposition United Workers Party UWP) in Saint Lucia, Allen Chastanet, has added his voice to the motion of no confidence controversy in St Kitts and Nevis. Like the Grenadian Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell, Chastanet has called for a speedy resolution to the constitutional impasse in the Federation.

Chastanet, speaking on WINN FM’s The Bigger Picture on Sunday, suggested that the motion of no confidence in the St Kitts Nevis government should have never reached the stage where it was placed in the court for a decision to be made on whether or not it should be tabled.

Last week Tuesday made it exactly 15 months – well over a year since a motion of no confidence in the Denzil Douglas administration was filed by Brantley. In a court ruling last month on February 12, Justice Darshan Ramdhani said there are no impediments preventing the motion being brought to the House.

In defence of not intervening on the issue, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) chairman Dr Ralph Gonsalves, prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, said of the Kittitian situation that internal democratic institutions there were working out their problem. He told reporters after a CARICOM inter-sessional conference last week that there were no human rights infringements at stake in St Kitts and Nevis.

Republished with permission of West Indies News Network
 
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