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St Kitts-Nevis governor general urged to act on parliamentary majority issue
Published on April 4, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Ken Richards

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The governor general of St Kitts and Nevis is being urged by the country’s official opposition to deal with the current parliamentary stalemate.

The call comes in the wake of Prime Minister Denzil Douglas describing as a joke an attempt by six opposition MPs to get Governor General Sir Edmund Lawrence to respond to their letter explaining that the six now represent the majority of elected parliamentarians in the House.

They contend that the prime minister has lost the right to govern because he no longer has the support of the majority of elected representatives.

The governor general has to date been silent on that matter, and the opposition leader in the federal parliament, Mark Brantley, says that is just not good enough.

“The governor general as head of state has been advised since I believe the 13th day of February that the majority of elected parliamentarians do not support the prime minister and indeed support the honourable Dr Timothy Harris,” Brantley told WINN FM.

He indicated that he was not clear on why Sir Edmund had not responded to date.

“Because clearly with some indication such as that he has an obligation to respond to the opposition to indicate his position,” the opposition leader said.

“He has not responded but perhaps the prime minister is now speaking for the governor general. I am hopeful that that is not the case and that the governor general will in fact exercise his authority as head of state,” Brantley said.

A defiant Douglas warned this week that any attempts to remove him from office on the premise being advanced by opposition alliance Team Unity would be stoutly resisted.

“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,” Douglas said on his radio programme this week.

According to opposition leader Brantley, the governor general should address the matter in his capacity as head of state.

Brantley reiterated his position that, despite the opposite view held by the prime minister, the governor general has a role to play in the current impasse.

The prime minister also contends that his Labour Party won 60 percent of the popular vote in the last election in 2010, and says he won’t allow the SKNLP to be pushed aside because two of his former ministers are dissatisfied with his leadership.

Republished with permission of West Indies News Network
 
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