The leader of the opposition in St. Kitts and Nevis has decried the silence of the sub-regional and regional blocs amidst the political crisis there.

Opposition lawmakers have failed since last December to have a motion of no confidence against the Dr. Denzel Douglas administration debated in parliament.

The situation exists although six of the 11 lawmakers who qualify to vote on the motion support it.

The Douglas government has noted that the St. Kitts and Nevis constitution does not set a timeframe for the debate of motions of no confidence.

But the country’s opposition leader, Mark Brantley, took his case to listeners to Vincentian opposition leader Arnhim Eustace’s weekly radio programme, which is also relayed in St. Lucia.

Brantley said that where the Kittitian constitution is silent, the practice is to follow the conventions of the House of Commons in the United Kingdom.

He said the situation in the twin-island federation was a threat to democracy in the sub-regional Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States and the wider CARICOM grouping.

The Kittitian opposition legislators, who include two former members of the Douglas administration, have taken their case to regional leaders and the wider international community.

Brantley also speculated on the reason for silence of regional leaders on the situation in his country.

Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves told reporters this past week that he has received a letter from the Kittitian opposition lawmakers but had not responded to it.

“No, I haven’t responded to them. The truth is this, it didn’t come up in any formal way at CARICOM and it didn’t come up in any formal way at the OECS. But I have spoken to Denzil Douglas about it personally. But I wouldn’t tell you what I tell him,” Gonsalves said at a press conference.

The lawmakers have also written Opposition Leader Eustace.

(Read also: No response from Gonsalves to St. Kitts lawmakers’ letter)

 

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