Prime Minister Timothy Harris of St. Kitts and Nevis Fired six Ministers from his administration

By Recardo Mendez Published on May 10, 2022
Prime Minister Timothy Harris of St. Kitts and Nevis Fired six Ministers from his administration
THE SIX MINISTERS WHO signed a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Timothy Harris of St. Kitts and Nevis were fired. 
In an address to the nation on Tuesday Harris, Harris said he had asked the Governor-General, Samuel Weymouth Tapley Seaton, to dissolve Parliament with immediate effect paving the way for general elections to be held within three months.
In the dramatic move, Harris opted to face a motion of no confidence and instead decided to go back to the polls less than two years after starting his second term.
In firing the ministers, Harris assigned their portfolio to lead senators while elevating MP Eugene Hamilton to Deputy Prime Minister.
Hamilton was the lone member of the People’s Action Movement that did not sign on to the no-confidence motion.
Prime Minister Harris said he's left with no other choice in announcing the move.
Harris blasted the leader of the PAM, Shawn Richard, and Concerned Citizens movement leader Mark Brantley saying that their action was uncalled for.
“These events commenced with the people’s action movement convention when the guest speaker, the honourable Mark Brantley, and the political leader of PAM, the honourable Shawn Richards, unwisely and publicly levelled scathing criticisms about the relationship between our tripartite movements. This development was surprising, inappropriate, uncalled for and inconsistent with the public pronouncement on numerous occasions.”
He also slammed Richards for his prolonged absence from parliament.
“The protracted absence of the honourable Shawn Richards from the cabinet over the past 91 days is a major breach of the oath he swore following the June 2020 general elections. Such prolonged absence is a dereliction of duty that is both inexcusable and intolerable.”
With parliament now dissolved, Harris said that he would soon announce the date for the general election.
“I have confidence in the people of St Kitts-Nevis, and I strongly believe in their right to choose their representatives in free and fair general elections. The time for decision-making is at hand. Accordingly, I have asked the Governor-General to dissolve the Parliament of St Kitts-Nevis effective today, May 10, 2022.”
Recardo Mendez

Recardo Mendez

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