Pierre calls for PM’S head
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,”
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)
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