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St Kitts-Nevis governor general accused of partisanship
Published on May 15, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Ken Richards

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The governor general of St Kitts and Nevis is again being criticized for alleged partisanship. The renewed criticism is coming from activist group Operation Rescue, over the now 17-month-old motion of no confidence, and non-official recognition that the elected opposition now has the majority in the federal parliament.

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Governor General Sir Edmund Lawrence
Operation Rescue’s Richard Caines sought to chastise Governor General Edmund Lawrence a week ago for his silence on those matters. Caines this week again took aim at the head of state, who he alleges is playing a partisan game.

“We are calling on the governor general to exercise the integrity of the office. We are asking the governor general to restrain himself from being partisan so that he can bring some semblance of unity in our country,” Caines said on Operation Rescue’s radio programme – The Operating Room.

Also speaking on that programme on Tuesday, a former chairman of the Peoples Action Movement, attorney Cheslie Hamilton, said the position of head of state should not be used for partisanship purposes.

“We want a statesman, a person who can put away partisanship,” Hamilton suggested.

He said Sir Edmund should call in the prime minister and address the motion of no confidence matter.

Former government minister Caines said in the meantime that the governor general is failing in his duties.

“I am afraid that today the partisanship is so strong that woe be unto our people,” Caines, a former finance minister, said.

The motion of no confidence matter is at the moment before the court of appeal – the OECS Supreme court, following the recent High Court ruling on the matter by Justice Darshan Ramdhani.

Republished with permission of West Indies News Network
 
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