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Deputy Speaker Post To Be Filled At Next Parliament Sitting

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Prime Minister Hon. Philip J. Pierre is unwavering about upholding the integrity of our Constitution and the standing orders of Parliament.

The wisdom in the decision to amend Article 36 of the Constitution of Saint Lucia was demonstrably justified when Hon. Jeremiah Norbert tendered his resignation as Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly on February 27, 2024.

This constitutional amendment protects the Parliament from political expediency and exploitation. It ensures the business of the Parliament continues without disruption.

Amending Article 36 of the Constitution ensures the Deputy Speaker position will never remain vacant and the business of the people of Saint Lucia in the Lower House of Parliament conducted in conformity with the Constitution and in alignment with the Standing Orders of the House of Assembly.

As per the amendment, the Deputy Speaker may be elected either from among the members of the House who are not members of the Cabinet or Parliamentary Secretaries or from among persons who are not members of the House.

The new Deputy Speaker will be elected at the next Sitting of Parliament.

SOURCE: Office of the Prime Minister

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Kenny Anthony is an elected representative not in cabinet without portfolio and a experienced politician a constitutional authority.
    In light of this Kenny would be an ideal candidate for the role if speaker.

  2. Wisdom in changing the constitution to ensure that every Parliamentarian gets rewarded with a ministerial portfolio. So now all 15 are eligible for a ministry. Let’s see which “boys” gets the job! 2.5% and we continue to bloat the Publix service purse.

  3. I wonder if during the last parliament of St Lucia, if Chastenet had proposed such an amendment whether he would have gotten at least 2 members of the then opposition to support the amendment. He would have needed that much support to pass the amendment. So upholding law and all that talk is just pissing in our eyes. Let’s see who it will be and whether there will be a new speaker as well.

  4. SLP are masters at changing rules to suit their agendas. Constitution, laws etc mean nothing to them. I guess their often repeated justification that a 15-2 mandate means that St Lucians bought into their mandate so this gives them authority to do as they please is the justification. And Can I help me spews this nonsense on his show. I hate what we as a state are becoming!

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