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Dr. Timothy Harris, left, and Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace during Harris' visit to St. Vincent in 2014. (internet photo)
Dr. Timothy Harris, left, and Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace during Harris’ visit to St. Vincent in 2014. (internet photo)
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Leader of the Opposition and President of the New Democratic Party (NDP) Arnhim Eustace has accepted an invitation from newly sworn-in Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Timothy Harris to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the other members of the Team Unity government in Basseterre on Sunday.

Eustace, along with NDP public relations officer, Sen. Vynnette Frederick, will attend the event.

Team Unity, an amalgam of three political parties, led by Harris, won seven of the 11 seats in general elections in St. Kitts and Nevis on Monday, ousting the Denzil Douglas led St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party, which was seeking a fifth consecutive term in office.

The NDP, in a press statement, pointed out that Eustace and the NDP were the only political leader and party across the region “to stand in solidarity with Team Unity through more than twenty months of Constitutional upheaval” in St. Kitts and Nevis.

“We recall that the Douglas administration failed to table and debate a No Confidence Motion filed against them by Dr. Timothy Harris and Team Unity, after Harris and Condor, two Labour MPs, crossed the floor in the St Kitts Nevis Parliament.

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“Opposition Leader Eustace wrote to CARICOM chiding them for failing to intervene in the political impasse of the country, and the NDP hosted Dr. Harris and Team Unity members in protest action, during the CARICOM Heads of Government meeting in March of last year,” the NDP said.

Harris and MP Shawn Richards appeared on radio and television in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and picketed the CARICOM meeting, along with the NDP’s Parliamentary Caucus and supporters of the NDP.

Frederick also travelled to St. Kitts and Nevis, where she delivered the feature address at Team Unity’s Youth of Unity Convention, which the NDP said, assisted in the mobilisation of Team Unity’s youth membership.

Meanwhile, Eustace congratulated Harris, Team Unity and the people of the twin-island federation on “their hard-fought victory and their determination and patience in securing a change in government in St Kitts and Nevis.

“Twenty years of Labour government has come to an end and it was the will of the people that made it possible,” Eustace said.

He added that the NDP and its leadership has “stood shoulder to shoulder with Team Unity during the more than twenty-month battle to table and debate the no confidence motion brought against the Denzil Douglas administration.

“We celebrate with you now, with the same vigour with which we stood at your side during the joint picket of the CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting at Buccament, St. Vincent, and during our joint press conference to condemn the silence of CARICOM in light of the wanton abuse of Democracy in St. Kitts and Nevis by the Douglas Administration.”

Eustace said that he and his party has been steadfast in their support for Team Unity.

“Today we continue to stand with you as you usher in a new era filled with hope, prosperity and respect for all the people of your twin island nation. May God strengthen you and your team for the hard work that lies ahead,” Eustace said.

8 replies on “Eustace invited to attend swearing-in of new St. Kitts gov’t”

    1. Peter, I wish you would edit your profile and go back to your other nom de plume, “Peter Binoe,” which you use on other sites because it enhances your persona. Just a friendly suggestion.

  1. Dear Kenton Chance,

    Congratulations on the fifth anniversary of I-Witness News.

    I have decided not to renew my on-line subscriptions to two of your print-version competitors because I get all the news and commentary I will ever need on your timely and lively forum.

    All the best,
    C. ben-David

  2. It troubles me that these (Johnny come lately) CARICOM leaders are now out in numbers talking about the St. Kitts election issue. Where were they when the rights, privileges and democracy of the people of ST. Kitts were being trampled?
    I would say they should go back in the bushes where they were hiding, because no one will believe that they are honest with their (Johnny come lately) attitude. They didn’t want to rock the boat, so the other leaders would not rock their boats when they do something similar.
    These guys cannot be trusted with our rights and freedom. I would like them to leave the Privy Council as the final court of appeal, until we can have a system where these judges can be impeached for looking the other way, or for deliberately ignoring the rules as set out in new constitutions.
    Folks in the Caribbean and worldwide don’t trust lawyers and these are the same guys that may have to sit on the Privy Council. You can end up with a bunch of dishonest criminal to perform a function that they are clearly not capable of doing. I would like to see the court have the power and authority over the governments in every territory. I won’t mind if the GGs also come under the Privy Councils umbrella. It is also important that the police are not controlled by the government. I think of cases like Gary in Grenada, where he abused the citizen with police backing. […]
    In other words the government and the judiciary should be independent arms in the territories.
    I must confess I am no lawyer and have no knowledge of the legal system. I suspect the laws in most countries were laid out by legal minds tailored to suit them. I’d like to see laws tailored to suit the entire nations.

  3. Arnhim Eustace was treated there like a hero and a true statesman, which was well deserved.

    See the difference between nasty and nice, when a man knows right from wrong.

    David, its Peter Binose, not Binoe. Thanks for reminding us about the CNN anniversary, well done Kenton.

  4. While the humble and gracious Eustace was busy doing what’s right for mankind in St. Kitts and Nevis, the self anointed best prime minister in the caribbean was doing his best too fix the West Indies cricket team.
    Yet, people want too about who’s leadership qualities. I’d take Mr Eustace any day, hour minute or second over this pretender we have in office today

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