Pierre calls for PM’S head

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CAS­TRIES – The main op­po­si­tion St Lu­cia Labour Party (SLP) filed a mo­tion of no con­fi­dence against the gov­ern­ment of Prime Min­is­ter Allen Chas­tanet, call­ing also for his im­me­di­ate res­ig­na­tion as the head of the two and a half year-old ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“In my ca­pac­ity as leader of the Par­lia­men­tary Op­po­si­tion and leader of the St Lu­cia Labour Party, I de­liv­ered this morn­ing to the Clerk of Par­lia­ment for on­ward sub­mis­sion to the Speaker of the House, a copy of a mo­tion of no con­fi­dence in the prime min­is­ter and min­is­ter of fi­nance,” SLP leader, Phillip J. Pierre told a news con­fer­ence ahead of the start of last week’s sit­ting of Par­lia­ment.

Chas­tanet led the United Work­ers Party (UWP) to an 11-6 ma­jor­ity in the Par­lia­ment fol­low­ing the June 6 gen­eral elec­tion.

Pierre said that the mo­tion and the an­tic­i­pated de­bate, would ar­tic­u­late the deep con­cerns, anx­i­eties and the feel­ing of hope­less­ness among large sec­tions of the so­ci­ety about the “un­car­ing and ir­re­spon­si­ble man­ner” that the busi­ness of the coun­try is cur­rently man­aged.

Abuse of pub­lic of­fice

He said that since the ap­point­ment and in­stal­la­tion of Chas­tanet as prime min­is­ter and min­is­ter of fi­nance, St Lu­cia has been gov­erned in a man­ner that has un­der­mined the con­sti­tu­tion, its con­ven­tions and prac­tices.

“We have wit­nessed a grow­ing abuse of pub­lic of­fice, un­rea­son­able and ir­ra­tional de­ci­sion-mak­ing, un­sus­tain­able fis­cal deficits, squan­der­ing of the state’s fi­nan­cial re­sources, and a de­bil­i­tat­ing de­cline in the pub­lic trust and con­fi­dence in the prime min­is­ter’s abil­ity to gov­ern the coun­try,”

Pierre claimed.

The op­po­si­tion leader said that Chas­tanet had re­fused to lay in Par­lia­ment for de­bate, a state­ment on the use of the funds in the St Lu­cia Na­tional Eco­nomic Fund es­tab­lished un­der the Ci­ti­zen by In­vest­ment Pro­gramme (CIP), de­spite pleas from the pub­lic and the op­po­si­tion.

“The prime min­is­ter, by his fail­ure to do so, has acted in breach of the act, thereby con­tribut­ing to grow­ing sus­pi­cions about the lack of trans­parency and trust in the CIP,” he charged. ( CMC)


RALPH “BIZZY” WIL­LIAMS is call­ing for a new busi­ness model for the Uni­ver­sity of the West In­dies.


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