Douglas denies discussing a successor

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts: Prime Minister Denzil L. Douglas said Tuesday he has never discussed with anyone that Minister of Education and Information, Sen. Nigel Carty, will succeed him as Prime Minister.

“Succession in the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party is determined by the membership of the party,” said Douglas who dismissed the question from a female caller on his weekly radio program, “Ask the Prime Minister”.

The question from the caller is based on statements allegedly made by a former Cabinet minister.

“There is no truth whatsoever that I ever sat in any privacy with any former minister or present minister to discuss my succession with regard to Nigel Carty.

“I have consistently said within the workings of the Labour Party, a Party in terms of what we call constituency caretakers and successors, that Nigel Carty is a fit and proper person to succeed me in my Constituency, St. Christopher 6, which I represent in Parliament,” said Douglas.

“At the end of the day, although Nigel Carty is one of such persons, there are several others, of course, but Nigel Carty definitely is one who can succeed me as the Labour Party Representative in Constituency #6 (Newton Ground/Harris) and in the final analysis, of course, it will be determined by the members of the Labour Party who, in that Constituency, when the time comes will make that decision.”

“I have never discussed with anybody, Nigel Carty succeeding me as the Prime Minister or even as the Political Leader of the Labour Party. That is false. It is a lie and a deliberate lie, fabricated and perpetuated by those to achieve their own personal agenda.

“It is a lie and it has nothing to do with the capacity of the Hon. Sam Condor to succeed me as Prime Minister….

“Sam Terrance Condor has in fact been serving as the Deputy Prime Minister and has in fact served as the Acting Prime Minister. He has the capacity,” said Douglas, again stressing that the statement “is absolute nonsense.”

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