St Kitts-Nevis PM claims parliamentary majority

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts — St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas said on Tuesday that his governing St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party administration holds a majority in the National Assembly.

During his weekly radio programme on Tuesday, Douglas dismissed the opposition’s charges on this point as mere propaganda.

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Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas

Douglas used the opportunity to point out that, during an appearance on Antigua’s Observer Radio’s ‘The Snake Pit,’ last night (Monday), he explained to the host of the programme that in the St Kitts and Nevis Parliament, there are ten members on the government’s side and on the opposition side there are five members.

“Even if two of the ten on the government’s side were to side with the opposition’s five and vote, that would leave seven against eight, with the government’s side still with the majority of eight and legislation therefore would have been passed,” Douglas said.

“I dismiss the opposition charges on this point as mere propaganda,” Douglas said, adding that it was important every now and then to set the record straight even on obvious points.

“It is important every now and then to set the record straight – even on obvious points, and it was important for me to do this, this morning,” said the St Kitts and Nevis leader.

However, of the 15-member National Assembly, only 11 are elected members and a majority (six) of those members have written to the governor general indicating that they do not support Douglas and have called for a pending motion of no confidence to be debated.