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Motion Of No Confidence Matter Heading back to court


St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN):
A motion of no confidence case brought before the court by the parliamentary opposition and later withdrawn could be back on the high court’s agenda. An application brought by the government side to set aside the opposition’s discontinuance is now likely to find favor with the elected opposition parliamentarians. They say they are taking the necessary steps to try to ensure that the motion is tabled in parliament, and putting the matter back in court is likely to achieve that objective more quickly than the alternative.

The parties are due to return to court on Friday, where the matter will be further deliberated on. Opposition Leader Mark Brantley is blaming Speaker Curtis Martin for the current state of affairs. “And he has not advanced the matter in parliament.  Indeed, what he has done is indeed quite comical, because he has now said that our notice of continuance is not valid and it ought to be said aside,” Brantley told WINN FM.

He reiterated the opposition position that the Speaker was colluding with the government to keep the motion out of the parliament. “He wants this matter to remain within the court, providing him clearly then with the justification that in parliament the matter continues to be before the court,” Brantley added.

 The opposition leader said it was “a very transparent ruse that is being perpetrated on the opposition and on the people of the country”.  Mark Brantley points to motions of no confidence being heard in a timely manner recently in Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados, as how normal democracies work. He describes what is happening in St Kitts and Nevis as a travesty. The combined opposition has six elected MPs in contrast to the five of the Douglas administration. Senators do not vote on a motion of no confidence. It’s widely felt that the reluctance to have the motion heard is because the Douglas administration is likely to lose the vote.

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