GOV. UNDER PRESSURE TO APPOINT DEP. SPEAKER AHEAD OF BUDGET DEBATE

Attorney at law Martinus Francois is appealing to Prime Minister Allen Chastanet to appoint a Deputy Speaker for the House of Assembly before next month’s budget debate.

The failure to nominate and appoint a Deputy Speaker is the subject of a Constitutional Challenge by Francois against the Prime Minister.

In July 2016, Castries Central MP Sarah Flood-Beaubrun was elected Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly but subsequently resigned to two weeks later to run the External Affairs Ministry. Since then, the post has been vacant and neither the opposition nor the government wants to fill the void.

With the Debate on the Estimates of Expenditure 2019/2020 due to commence on Wednesday 10th April 2019, the attorney has has urged the Prime Minister to appoint a deputy speaker before the budget debate.

According to the attorney, since the last meeting, the attorney general made an application to be removed from the case.

The opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party has refused to nominate a member from its ranks to the post

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