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(SNO) — Laborie Member of Parliament (MP) and former foreign minister, Alva Baptiste, is of the opinion that the Saint Lucia government is suffering from multiple personality disorder on many issues including its stance on the crisis in Venezuela.
This after the present Foreign Minister Sarah Flood-Beaubrun disclosed that the resident Venezuelan ambassador is about to end her tenure and will be replaced despite the fact that Saint Lucia voted to not recognize the legitimacy of the recent election allowing Nicolas Maduro to retain his presidency of Venezuela for a second term.
Baptiste believes this is a sign that the Allen Chastanet-government is suffering from the psychological disorder which is described as a condition wherein a person’s identity is fragmented into two or more distinct personality states.
“When you have a government suffering from multiple personality disorder, that’s what you get,” he said at a press conference.
This is how Flood-Beaubrun describes the government’s position on the matter.
“One can indicate that the process is flawed and as a result of the process being flawed, the outcome lacks legitimacy,” she explained. “One can state that and one can continue to maintain that. One can also take it a step further and say as a result of your illegitimacy I can take an A, B, C course of action. We have not done so.”
But Baptiste is not buying the explanation, saying the government has no clear position on foreign policy.
“We have an administration, you have no idea where they are headed,” he stated. “It is like the story about the father, the son and the donkey. All along the way people give them advice and they end up doing different things. The father and the son carry the donkey up to a point, then the father was on the donkey and the son was walking, then the son ended up on the donkey … it was just mass confusion, when you don’t have a rational and convincing proposal for the development of the country and for foreign affairs.”
He added, “So when you accept an ambassador and you say you don’t accept the outcome of an election in the country, then that is a bitter contradiction and it clearly states that this government has no coherent policy on anything.”