SKNP Staff Writer:
Basseterre, St. Kitts – Captioned Harris Is ‘Under Tremendous Pressure’, Blogger, “Dissie Clark” disseminated a post informing facebook followers of the resignation of National Assembly Speaker on May 9th 2016. Media houses in the Federation broke the story the following day. Days after the resignation, the silence is deafening.
However, the general public is waiting for the Prime Minister Hon. Timothy Harris to make a formal address on the resignation of Mr. Brand. Meanehile, Leader of the Opposition The Right Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas confirmed the resignation of the Speaker while being a guest on Freedom Radio Program, Issues on Wednesday Afternoon.
It must be noted that Mr. Brand’s resignation took effect the 30th Day of April 2016, his absence from the National Assembly was evident since Deputy Speaker, Mr. Michael Perkins presided over the meetings. Mr. Brand, would have served just over a year in the capacity as speaker, (sworn in on March 1 2015) signalling one of the shortest stints by any speaker that previously held the post.
Questions that come to mind through such a resignation are:
– How long was the government in receipt of Mr. Brand’s resignation?
– Is/Was there a fallout between Mr. Brand and the players within Team Unity?
– Are health concerns a critical part of the resignation?
– Is the National Assembly properly constituted?
Interestingly, the National Assembly has met with the Deputy Speaker leading the proceedings. It should be noted that Mr. Brand last presided over a sitting of Parliament in December of 2015.