CARIBBEAN: St.Kitts-Nevis gov’t delivers on its promise of term limits for prime minister

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CARIBBEAN: St.Kitts-Nevis gov’t delivers on its promise of term limits for prime minister
PM Harris in Parliament.
PM Harris in Parliament.
PM Harris in Parliament.

SKNIS – Tuesday’s sitting of the National Assembly (November 17) is set to witness history in its making when the Government of National Unity introduces legislation to have two five year terms for office of the prime minister.

In its campaign that lead up to the victorious February 16 General Elections, Team Unity promised to introduce term limits for the office of the prime minister.

The Honourable Vincent F. Byron Jr., Attorney General and Minister responsible for Justice and Legal Affairs, Elections and Communications, will seek leave to introduce and have read a first time Tenure of Office of Prime Minister Bill, 2015.

Part of the Bill reads “A person who is appointed Prime Minister under the Constitution shall, subject to subsection (2) of this section, hold office for a term of five years” and “A person shall not be appointed to hold office as Prime Minister for more than two terms as prescribed by this section.”

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  1. By the time that his 10 years in office is over he will be regretting that he passed this piece of legislation. Power is too sweet to let go of it easily!!

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  2. God alone is eternal, we need no king nor lord to reign over us and dig our nations deeper in the mire. If such leaders really deserve such a name, they will first serve their people well and not constantly give them hell, as if it's their birthright! Congrats to St Kitts, I trust others will follow

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  3. A culture of despots appears to be raising its head in the English Speaking Caribbean, St Kitts appeared twisted in that direction, I am delighted to see this move and I hope the trend will continue throughout the OECS!

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  4. We need that law in St Lucia espeically in the era of John Compton and present day adminstration needs to go because its a mess

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