St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris has dissolved the twin-island Federation’s Parliament and fired the six Ministers who signed the motion of no-confidence against him, including Deputy Prime Minister Shawn Richards.
According to media reports, Dr. Harris made the announcement during his national address on Tuesday afternoon in the latest development in a political debacle which has engulfed his three-party Team Unity coalition.
Dr. Harris has reassigned the portfolios held by the six ministers to the other five ministers in his cabinet and has appointed Eugene Hamilton, the only member of the People’s Action Movement who did not sign the motion of no-confidence, as deputy prime minister. Hamilton had said that he will not be contesting the next general election.
Meanwhile, Dr. Harris who has been facing mounting pressure from within his coalition, is expected to announce the date for general elections soon. He has been facing mounting pressure from members of his coalition who have become dissatisfied with his leadership.
Before signing the motion of no-confidence against Harris, the dissatisfied members wrote a letter to the Governor General calling for Harris to be removed as Prime Minister since he did not have the support of the majority of legislators.
The Governor General responded he had no such power under the Federal Constitution.