Opposition leader, Philip J. Pierre, has declared that Saint Lucia is currently in a constitutional crisis due to the non-appointment of a new Governor General.
Dame Pearlette Louisy announced recently that she was demitting the post on December 31, 2017, after serving for twenty years.
Opposition leader Pierre told St Lucia Times that Saint Lucia is actually in a constitutional crisis now, because there is no Acting Governor General.
‘The Deputy Governor General cannot perform the function of Governor General unless there is a Governor General,’ he asserted.
According to the Castries East MP, the situation means that Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, cannot travel.
He observed that when the Prime Minister travels, he normally appoints an Acting Prime Minister.
However Pierre noted that there is no Governor General to appoint an Acting PM.
“That is what happens when governments act in haste,’ he told St Lucia Times.
Pierre recalled that recently he said that the manner in which Dame Pearlette Louisy demitted office was not the ‘best way.’
‘The government did not pay attention to the process by which a new Governor General is appointed,’ he explained.
He said had the government paid attention, the transition from Dame Pearlette Louisy to a successor would have been different.
But Pierre told St Lucia Times that he is not surprised at the way the government has acted.
‘The government does not seem to want to follow convention – they did the same thing with the Deputy Speaker,’ he observed.
He stated that the Allen Chastanet-led administration has no respect for the parliament and the opposition.
Pierre disclosed that he had written to Chastanet who, in addition to not responding to the letter, has not acknowledged it as well.
‘So the constitutional crisis that the country finds itself in today is purely a reflection of the government’s incompetence and the government’s desire to prove that they are in charge and they can do whatever they want,’ he said.
He predicted that in 2018, there will be ‘more of the same.’