By Caribbean News Global
CASTRIES, St Lucia – The government of Saint Lucia earlier proclamation that the island is open for business June 4, regardless of the ramifications of going back to business as usual with a twisted “onclave tourism” has likewise authorized the State of Emergency will be extended to September 30, 2020.
“It is necessary to further extend for an additional period commencing from the 1st day of June, 2020 and ending on the 30th day of September, 2020, in accordance with section 17(6) of the Constitution of Saint Lucia, Cap. 1.01, the Constitution of Saint Lucia – Extension of Resolution of Parliament Approving Declaration of State of Emergency passed as Statutory Instrument, No. 60 of 2020 that extended the State of Emergency for an additional period commencing from the 27th day of April, 2020 and ending on the 31st day of May, 2020;”
– [See below] Further extension of resolution of parliament approving declaration of State of Emergency.
Caribbean News Global (CNG) previously proffered based on intelligence networks that the government of Saint Lucia was modeling COVID-19 measures and the prospects of general elections in the footsteps of St Kitts and Nevis.
The similarities are reveling. St Kitts and Nevis extended its State of Emergency and called general elections June 5; presumptive of an advantageous position on the St Kitts and Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) – NextGen SKN.
However, NextGen SKN is confident of election victory. “When we heard that the date for the elections is June 5, his enthusiastic response was, “The earlier the better. We are ready,” NextGen SKN team leader Dr Denzil Douglas said.
On receiving the “further extension of resolution of parliament approving declaration of State of Emergency, – CNG contacted the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) for comment, said,
“We anticipating general elections this year and preparation is well advanced for the eventuality. COVID-19 health and economic crisis extensively exposed the government mismanagement of the economy, and even when the assistance of cooperation by the opposition is offered, we are ignored. So, yes, the government is cornered, unable to negotiate its way out – not even with the banks, civil society, and their disenchanted supporters – looking to the SLP for a way-out of the Chastanet ‘colonialism’ mess. The SLP is the solution on the way forward and will change the adverse direction the country is under – the sooner the better.”