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CompositeBasseterre, St. Kitts, 14th November, 2017 (MyVueNews.com) - The Labour Party has informed the General Public that Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition, Dr. Denzil Douglas, will not attend the 14th November sitting of the National Assembly.

According to the Party’s statement, the Opposition Leader will be traveling on previously arranged business that was made in advance of the scheduling of the National Assembly sitting.

However, the Labour Party expressed suspicion on the real motive for the National Assembly meeting.

“The Labour Party and the Opposition are firmly of the view that this particular parliamentary session was scheduled in an effort to make the rumour about Dr Douglas being disqualified as a member of parliament appear factual,” the Labour Party statement reads.

 

Further, the Labour Party purports that Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris had been promoting “an egregious lie”.

 

Although not specifically mentioned, it is believed that the letter was drawing reference to public domain discussion that Dr. Douglas holds a diplomatic passport, first mentioned by the Prime Minister during one of his monthly press conferences. Linked to this is the question whether or not he holds citizenship of the country of Dominica.

 

In the parliamentary sitting, the Speaker of the National Assembly said he had received notice from the Opposition Leader that he would be absent from the session.

 

But Leader of Government Business Eugene Hamilton wrote a letter to the Speaker questioning the qualification of the Opposition Leader to be a member of parliament.

 

The letter states in part, “Please be advised that it has recently come to my attention that the Right Honourable Dr. Denzil Llewellyn Douglas, Member for St. Christopher 6 and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, has been issued, holds, and has travelled on a diplomatic passport issued by the Commonwealth of Dominica. The Diplomatic Passport was issued on 30th July, 2015, and bears passport number DP0000462.”


Hamilton’s letter further reads, “In my respectful view, the holding of a Diplomatic Passport by the Member for St. Christopher 6 raises implications for his qualification and eligibility to serve as a Member of the National Assembly of St. Christopher and Nevis.”

 

According to Hamilton, the situation is one of great public interest and national importance.

National Assembly Speaker Michael Perkins said he has “chosen to seek proper advice on the matter”.



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