ST KITTS – Opposition Leader suspended from Parliament

(CNS) – Opposition Leader Dr Denzil Douglas was on Tuesday suspended from the National Assembly after he got into a heated exchange of words with Speaker, Michael Perkins.

The confrontation followed Douglas’s attempt to respond to an announcement by Attorney General Vincent Byron that the government of Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris had on Monday filed a fixed date claim form for the High Court to rule on whether or not the former prime minister possessed a diplomatic passport of another country.

According to the documents filed in the High Court, the government is seeking a declaration that since the election to the National Assembly on February 16th, 2015, “Douglas became disqualified from being elected as a member of the National Assembly and was accordingly required to vacate his seat in the National Assembly by reason of his becoming a person who, by virtue of his own act, is in accordance with the law of the Commonwealth of Dominica, under an acknowledgment of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state, namely the said Commonwealth of Dominica”.

The government is also seeking a declaration that Douglas has vacated his seat in the National Assembly of St Kitts and Nevis and wants an injunction restraining him from taking his seat in the National Assembly and from performing his functions as a member.

The government is also seeking costs and “such further and/or other relief as this Honourable Court may deem just and expedient”.

Last October, Prime Minister Harris accused Douglas of holding a Dominican diplomatic passport, and said his administration would move to the High Court to get him expelled from the National Assembly.

Douglas, who until February 2015, was the longest-serving head of government in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), has, in the past, denied the allegation made by Harris, who at one time had served as his finance minister, but had been dismissed, prior to the last general election.

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