St. Kitts and Nevis prime minister strips rebellious government ministers of their cabinet portfolios

Timothy Harris, prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis

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.

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  1. If we knew better
    May 13, 2022

    I always believed that ministers of Government should always represent the best interests of their constituency and nation. they should always be able to stand up to their PM or party leader and say is nonsense your doing. Especially if they were elected to serve. You represent your people and you are their champion. Otherwise you are just a puppet ruled by a dictator. Politicians are like grownups holding onto toys that dont belong to them. I congratulate the fired ministers who stood up for what they believe in. I wish our own ministers were not such cowards and fools. All they say is Yes PM, OK PM.

  2. Tobby
    May 12, 2022

    What happen in St.Kitts happens just because one believe that they will not get their fair share and nothing more than that. People do not like to wait, now they remove their own selves in government, never see that yet. Those fellers had 3 more years in the government before a general elections, they went and remove themselves now they are out there watching each other and running their mouth. Sometimes when you believe you too smart you do not think right. All they had to do is wait until the 5 years and after that election most call, at this time if it went contrary then you take a stance, not moving yourself in government. Now the one that push them to do it still has his big position and them on the street, might never get to enter parliament again when they were well inside there, all they had to do is wait. They got to blame no one else, but themselves. They also spoke about a 2 term and the PM have not serve his 2 terms as yet to even wait and see if wouldn’t get their turn.

  3. Garcon
    May 11, 2022

    What did you all expect? When his greed for power took over him, he abandoned his party and joined you all to destroy his government. Now he has tasted that power he longed for you all expect him to give up and allow you all to lead. En Behn you all in the heart of the jungle of the fool’s paradise. One a crook always a crooked. He crooked Dr. Denzel Douglas with you all. Now is your turn. Once a crook always a crook.

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  4. Kalb-aSS
    May 11, 2022

    The wave is in motion. That mean; it will soon reach our shores. No man is invincible. No matter your position, your wealth, your “Manni-ma.” Solomon said, “THERE IS A TIME AND SEASON FOR EVERYTHING UNDER HEAVEN.” The key word there is “Season.” Meaning, a certain period of time. It’s not eternity. Your season has an end; but you are foolish and so full of yourself that you can’t understand these simple facts of life. So you live like you are “all that.” While your season is rapidly approaching its end. I wish you acknowledge the grace of God the Almighty; even though you consider yourself a “god.” If you are poo-pooing you are not a god. And I’m sure you poo-pooing. Sacres Sort.

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  5. May 11, 2022

    Democracy at work? “Oh what a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive”; these Caribbean politicians can longer trust themselves therefore we the people must begin to reign in these rogue and vagabonds to take back our Freedom and Democracy.

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  6. May 11, 2022

    That was the right thing to do – dissolve Parliament and announce a date soon for General Elections. Hopefully that there will be no coalition Government formed at the next election results. Coalition Governments just don’t work neither does it work when there is some renegade within the party fighting behind closed doors to assume the leadership wanting to become Prime Minister – cases in point, Alan Louisy and George Odlum of St Lucia resulting in a leadership struggle, Maurice Bishop and Bernard Coard of Grenada ending in a bloody coup. That is why the Supreme Leader of Dominica, the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit stands tall, indomitable and Invincible.

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  7. Channel 1
    May 11, 2022

    Very interesting developments in St Kitts & Nevis. Now it causes one to wonder what really was the driving motivation behind all these recent stimulus plus packages & incentives for the people in St Kitts & Nevis.

    Note to the Dominica UWP: Please stay away from forming or joining any coalition of parties nonsense to take on the Dominica Labour Party. We have seen what happens with coalition governments in Dominica and now St Kitts.

    On its own, the United Workers Party is the strongest political party in Dominica and Roosevelt & Co are fully aware of that.

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