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Dec 24

DR. HARRIS-LED ADMINISTRATION TABLES MONC IN TWO WEEKS; DR. DOUGLAS-LED ADMINISTRATION NEVER TABLED MONC IN 26 MONTHS

Basseterre, St. Kitts, December 24, 2018 (SKNIS): The Dr. Timothy Harris-Led Team Unity Administration is expressing high confidence that a Motion of No Confidence (MONC) brought by the Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Denzil Douglas, will be defeated in the National Assembly on Christmas Eve, the day that the Government launched its historic Poverty Alleviation Programme bringing joy and smiles to households that make less than EC$3,000 per month. Additionally, ten days ago public servants were given an extra month’s salary, commonly known as a “double salary” making it three years in a row and something never done by any administration in the country’s history.

In a statement issued by the Team Unity Administration in response to the Motion of No Confidence filed by Dr. Douglas on December 11, 2018, a day before the 2019 Budget Address, Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris said that “his Cabinet is fully supportive of the Speaker’s decision to schedule the Motion of No Confidence for Monday, December 24, 2018, thereby treating it with urgency.”
“When we were in Opposition, we asked the Douglas administration to do the honourable thing and allow the tabling, debate and vote on a Motion of No Confidence.

“The Douglas administration callously refused to do so for 26 months i.e. holding the MONC in abeyance for more than 2 years, even when it was clear that he had lost the confidence of the majority of elected Members of Parliament,” Prime Minister Harris said.

Dr. Harris added: “It was a fundamental breach of Parliamentary practice and tradition by the illegitimate Douglas regime and a violation of our constitutional right, as found by the High Court.   In keeping with our mandate for good governance, we are leading by example.  The motion will be disposed of soonest.”

“Given the strong support by the people for Team Unity and the excellent record-breaking performance of my Government in education, good governance, healthcare, housing, roadworks and other infrastructure, the motion is a distraction by an unpopular Opposition.  The Cabinet is ready for the debate,” Prime Minister Harris.

We will remain focused on serving the people and improving their welfare, Prime Minister Harris said.

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