By Ken Richards
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines has blamed the opposition in St Kitts and Nevis for the motion of no confidence in the Denzil Douglas administration not having been tabled to date.
According to St Vincent Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, the opposition alliance Team Unity should never have taken the matter to court.
Gonsalves, the current Caribbean Community (CARICOM) chairman, expressed his views on the matter on Winn FM’s The Bigger Picture.
The regional grouping has been criticized for largely ignoring the no confidence motion stalemate in St Kitts and Nevis.
The motion is yet to be tabled after fifteen months.
“We have had commentaries on it. I have written a letter outlining the position, and I made the point in that case that the length of time where you have a vote, the motion of no confidence, it creates an unease, it’s a long time,” Gonsalves said.
However he went on to criticize the opposition for seeking a judicial ruling on the matter.
“They decided to put the matter in the courts. Once you go there, the court has its own time table its own scheduling … the opposition in St Kitts has become a prisoner of its own tactics,” Gonsalves argued.
He was reminded, however, that the opposition didn’t rush to the courts from day one, but rather sought redress several months after the motion was filed, but was kept out of the parliamentary agenda.
Like the ruling party in Basseterre, Gonsalves contended that High Court Judge Darshan Ramdhani’s ruling that there is no impediment to the motion of no confidence being tabled is not the final judgment on the matter.
He also repeated the Labour Party argument that former senior government ministers Dr Timothy Harris and Sam Condor who defected from the party, should resign and seek a fresh mandate, even though there is no such stipulation in the constitution.
Republished with permission of West Indies News Network