Dr. Timothy Harris being sworn in as Prime Minister by Resident Judge Marlene Carter

Dr. Timothy Harris being sworn in as Prime Minister by Resident Judge Marlene Carter

Chairman of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit has congratulated the new Prime Minister of St. Kitts, Dr. Timothy Harris, in his victory during general election held on that island on Monday.

Skerrit also said he hopes the people of St. Kitts put aside partisan politics and work together in developing their country.

“I want to first of all congratulate Dr. Timothy Harris and his coalition team for having won the election in St. Kitts and Nevis,” he said on state-owned DBS Radio. “Clearly it was a keenly contested election where the Team Unity won seven out of 11 seats removing the St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party who has been in office over the last 20 years.”

He stated that he has spoken to Dr. Harris to extend his “best wishes to him, to indicate to him that Dominica shall continue to work with St. Kitts and Nevis on many important regional and international issues.”

“The world is going through, the Caribbean is going through very challenging times and it is important for us to work together as the OECS and of course as CARICOM, to ensure that we can help each other to overcome those challenges,” the Prime Minister noted.

He said outgoing Prime Minister, Dr. Denzil Douglas, had a “good run” in office.

“He has done a lot of important things for St. Kitts and Nevis and no doubt history will record his many achievements on the behalf of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis,” he noted.

Skerrit said he hopes the people of St. Kitts “can settle down” after the election, pointing out it will be good for the people to set aside the “political rancour” and not let partisan politics get in the way.

“What happens in these small islands, and it is becoming a global phenomenon, is that we spend so much time on partisanship rather than national development imperatives,” he noted. “So my hope and prayer is that they settle down because certainly the goverment is going to need the country to settle down and to focus on the whole of St. Kitts and Nevis. Dr. Harris is coming in at a very challenging and difficult time ….”

Skerrit said the new Prime Minister has been in many other portfolios in government in the past.

“So he knows his way around the government and I am hoping that he can steer the ship of state properly,” he stated.

The coalition’s victory at the poll put an end to Douglas’ 20-year rule over St. Kitts. Harris was sworn in as Prime Minister on Wednesday.