St Kitts deputy PM resigns, cites governance, integrity issues

BASSETTERE, St. Kitts, Thursday January 31, 2013 – Deputy Prime Minister Sam Condor on Thursday announced his resignation from the Cabinet with immediate effect, citing recent developments as his reasons for stepping aside.

“The recent developments pertaining to issues of Good Governance and Constitutional Integrity have brought me to the point where I feel constrained to tender my resignation as a Member of Cabinet, with immediate effect.   

I remain committed to serve and to do the best that I can for the people of St. Christopher 3 and of the Nation in general, by the grace of God and by the will of the people” he said in a releae

Condor’s resignation was submitted less than a week after Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas fired  a Senior  Government Minister Dr. Timothy Harris.

In a radio and television broadcast on January 25, Dr. Douglas said  Harris, who is also the Chairman of the ruling St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP), had been dismissed because of his opposition to two recent government-sponsored legislation, including one to increase the number of senators in the National Assembly.

“Specifically Senior Minister Harris has refused to support the Government- sponsored…Vesting of Certain Land Act.  He has indicated to the Cabinet and to the entire country that he will not support the Government-sponsored Senators Increased of Number Bill.

“He has consistently refused to confirm to the Cabinet that he will support the budget when it comes before parliament for approval, and he has refused to confirm to Cabinet that he will vote against a Motion of No Confidence in the Government of which he is a Senior Minister,” Dr. Douglas said in his broadcast.

On Tuesday, during his radio programme “Ask the Prime Minister”, Dr. Douglas had warned that he would not tolerate Cabinet ministers not supporting the government’s policies and also that the ruling party would take strong objection to people elected to the parliament on its slate and then seeking to undermine it.

While no one was named it was apparent he was referring to Timothy and Deputy Prime Minister Sam Condor, who in recent months openly opposed government policies, including forcing a postponement of the presentation of the national budget last month.

Condor  served for more than 20 years as a parliamentarian and as a government minister for over 17 years (CMC) Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)