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St Kitts-Nevis opposition MP accused of 'breaking' St Vincent protocol
Published on March 20, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Ken Richards

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The coordinated effort by the opposition Team Unity’s Dr Timothy Harris and the St Vincent and the Grenadines opposition leader Arnhim Eustace to get the St Kitts and Nevis motion of no confidence stalemate on the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) agenda last week has prompted sharp criticism from Prime Minister Denzil Douglas.

Dr Timothy Harris
Team Unity and St Vincent’s New Democratic Party mounted a protest action and other activities around last week’s CARICOM heads of government inter-sessional conference in St Vincent.

Both Harris and Eustace had harsh words for the heads, accusing them of ignoring what’s been described as a parliamentary crisis in Basseterre.

A motion of no confidence filed by opposition leader in the federal parliament Mark Brantley in December 2012 has not been debated after 15 months.

Harris and Eustace want CARICOM to speak out on that matter, and attempted to take their case to the regional integration grouping.

Prime Minister Denzil Douglas
However, Douglas on his Ask the Prime Minister radio programme on Tuesday, took aim at his former colleague now turned key rival, Harris, for his activities in St Vincent on the motion stalemate.

He accused the Team Unity leader of attempting to dabble in local Vincentian politics.

“Does he come into another man’s country, jumps unto a political platform with the opposition, openly taking issue against the incumbent prime minister and his party and his government? Is this what we expect this man to do if he were to become the prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis?” Douglas queried, while accusing Dr Harris of breaking the protocols of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Vincentian opposition leader Eustace also came in for his fair share of criticism from Douglas, who told his radio audience that Eustace only lasted five months as prime minister after he was handpicked for the post by former prime minister Sir James Mitchell, and has to date been unsuccessful in his attempts to win a general election.

Republished with permission of West Indies News Network
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