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Private sector pressure on St Lucia PM

Published:Monday | February 4, 2013 | 12:00 AM

The St. Kitts-Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce Friday called on Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas to ensure that an opposition inspired motion of no confidence on his administration is brought before the National Assembly without further delay.

In a statement, the private sector group reminded Dr. Douglas that in his address to them last month he had indicated that several matters before the parliament, including the motion of no confidence, could erode investor confidence in the country.

It said that the prime minister had pledged to do all within his power to avoid damage to the investment climate and the economy and that the motion of no confidence should be heard expeditiously.

Dr. Douglas, in his address to the private sector last year, said that the motion (of no confidence) will have to wait in line with what is the calendar of the House that is before the Speaker.

But last month, Opposition Leader Mark Brantley said the motion should take precedence, adding that it is obvious under established practice and procedure in the House the motion of no confidence should take precedent over something like a Senators bill.