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St Kitts-Nevis PM accused of trampling on constitution
Published on January 14, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Opposition Members of Parliament: Back Row (left-right): Mark Brantley (CCM), Eugene Hamilton (PAM), Vance Amory (CCM), Vincent Byron (PAM), Front Row (left-right): Shawn Richards (PAM), Sam Condor (PLP), Timothy Harris (PLP)

By Ken Richards

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Prime Minister Denzil Douglas has been accused of continuing to trample on the St Kitts and Nevis constitution.

Lawyer/politician Vincent Byron made the charge while participating in a street protest on Friday organised by the opposition coalition Team Unity.

Byron, an opposition senator, said the opposition would keep up the pressure on the Douglas administration through peaceful protest action.

Team Unity has held three protests for the year so far.

“We will not break the law. The prime minister continues to trample on the constitution, we are very concerned with our democratic traditions, our freedom to express ourselves, to assembly, to march, is somehow, we have to be very concerned that it could well be restricted – we will not allow it,” Byron told WINN FM.

Meanwhile Team Unity activist Clecton Phillip, who was arrested at a recent protest, said the opposition actions are within the law.

“We in Team Unity are not breaking the law, the unity movement is a peace loving, law abiding movement and we will not break the law to promote the law,” Phillip said.

The opposition partnership alliance known as Team Unity is pushing for a motion of no confidence in the government filed more than a year ago to be tabled and debated.

They hold the majority of elected seats in the parliament – six of the eleven -- and are urging Douglas to either facilitate the motion being heard or call fresh elections.

Douglas has already indicated that he will announce an election date soon.

Republished with permission of West Indies News Network
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