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CASTRIES, St Lucia Feb. 22, CMC – Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has withheld comment on a suggestion that his predecessor in office, Dr. Kenny Anthony, be considered for the post of Secretary General of the Organisation of American States (OAS).
Former Trinidad and Tobago diplomat, Reginald Dumas, has declared that Anthony would be his candidate of choice.
Dumas made the recommendation while urging the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to consider nominating a candidate to oppose the current OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro, who has indicated a willingness to seek a second consecutive term.
CARICOM has expressed its ‘deep concern’ over Almargo’s actions and statements, the latest concerning upcoming elections in Dominica for which the island’s government is reported to have demanded an apology.
Asked whether, if it came to that, he would support Dr. Kenny Anthony’s candidacy, Prime Minister Chastanet said: ”We are a long way from getting to that position.”
He also explained that it would have to be discussed with his cabinet before giving an official position.
“I have a very good cabinet. We have always been inclusive. I have always indicated that I am a chairman of leaders,” Chastanet said during a live radio broadcast.
Chastanet said policy decisions would have to be taken as a party and then brought before cabinet.
“Ultimately, it lies with cabinet to make that decision,” he explained.
“In terms of what you are speaking of, we are a long way from that happening and so I would not want to give comment on something like that until it actually manifests itself and once it is potentially there, then we will have that discussion,” the prime minister stated.