By Ken Richards
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Denzil Douglas says his party was put in government with 60 percent of the popular vote in 2010, and doesn’t intend giving up because two former colleagues have moved away from the governing Labour Party.
Prime Minister Denzil Douglas
“Because 60 percent of the electorate voted for Labour in the last elections, and the Labour Party does not intend in any way to give up that majority which expressed its view to have the Labour Party continuing to serve its interest as the leadership of this particular country,” the prime minister told the nation.
Douglas, following a question on his Ask the Prime Minister radio programme on Tuesday, made light of the current situation in which six elected opposition members have written to the governor general explaining that the prime minister no longer has their support.
They contend that Douglas has a minority administration, and there is need to remedy that situation.
Two of the six are former senior government ministers Dr Timothy Harris and Sam Condor.
“This nonsense about some people being elected and crossing a floor and then because they are now a majority, they claim, of elected representatives on the opposite side that the governor general must respond and appoint one of them as the new prime minister, it’s a joke,” Douglas said.
“It cannot happen in St Kitts and Nevis,” he warned.
“No governor general is constitutionally empowered to take that action. And if that action is taken the Labour Party will demonstrate who is in charge and who really has the majority of support in this country,” the prime minister told his radio audience.
For the second time in as many days, the pro-Labour argument for Harris and Condor to resign as MPs and seek a fresh mandate was again touted as the way forward for these two former Labour parliamentarians.
The often-repeated position was advanced this past weekend by Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Douglas also returned to that topic during his Ask the Prime Minister programme on Tuesday.
Gonsalves suggested in a WINN FM interview that two by-elections could force the prime minister’s hand.
Douglas also made the same suggestion.
There is no constitutional provision in St Kitts and Nevis for MPs who cross the floor of parliament to resign and seek a fresh mandate.
Republished with permission of West Indies News Network