Members of Team Unity at press conference
By Ken Richards
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The three-party opposition alliance that controls six of the eleven elected seats in the St Kitts and Nevis federal parliament is seeking an audience with the country’s governor general to make their case for taking over as the new government.
Team Unity made it clear on Thursday that it believes it has a compelling case to become the country’s next government, following Wednesday’s ruling on the motion of no confidence case by High Court Judge Darshan Ramdhani.
Telling reporters at a news conference that the courts have ruled and the people deserve action now, Team Unity’s Shawn Richards – the leader of the Peoples Action Movement (PAM -- disclosed that the opposition grouping has written to the governor general
following the court ruling.
According to Richards, the letter explains that the elected opposition MPs, who are the majority in the parliament, firmly support Team Unity leader Dr Timothy Harris to be the country’s prime minister.
“The result of this letter is that we have put beyond question the fact that Dr the Honourable Denzil Douglas does not command the support of the majority of the Representatives, as required by Section 52(2) of the constitution of St Kitts and Nevis,” Richards told reporters.
It’s not the first time that the opposition MPs have written to Governor General Sir Edmond Lawrence. Attorney Vincent Byron, who is also an opposition senator in the parliament, explained what’s different about this latest communication.
“Clearly this letter is different from the one before … this one says we not only do not support Dr Douglas, (but that) we support Dr Harris,” Byron said.
According to the Team Unity lawyer, the governor general should call upon Douglas to resign.
Along the same lines, Harris is contending that the court ruling clears the way for the hearing of the motion of no confidence, or other appropriate action to ensure that there is majority rule in St Kitts and Nevis.
Nevis Premier Vance Amory is one of the six opposition MPs in the federal parliament supporting the Harris leadership. He has labeled the decision by the court a landmark ruling that defuses some of the speculation that was making the rounds in the federation, because the judge dealt with the constitution and what it says about the matter.
There is a strong possibility that the current stalemate could continue despite the court ruling. Harris said what happens next may well depend on the people of the country.
Meanwhile, Team Unity is celebrating what its members describe as the independence of the judiciary. Making mention of that in particular was Amory.
Republished with permission of West Indies News Network