Prime Minister Douglas says opening of National Assembly signals Federation’s readiness to deal with future challenges

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ZIZ News…March 9, 2010 – The Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, the Honourable Dr Denzil Douglas, says tomorrow’s opening of the National Assembly will signal the Federation’s readiness to deal with the challenges that lay ahead. Prime Minister Douglas was speaking on today’s edition of his radio phone-in programme, “Ask the Prime Minister”, broadcast live on ZIZ Radio.

The Prime Minister says the ceremony which will herald the commencement of the National Assembly will underline the importance of the event.

Prime Minister Douglas said: “And so tomorrow. Wednesday 10 March, in a ceremony signaling the readiness of our nation to continue the challenging importance and sacred world that is needed to protect our country in this complex and demanding global environment there will be the official opening of the new session of the National Assembly at Government Headquarters, right here in our historic city of Basseterre.

“Under the terms of the Constitution the first session could have been held as late as 90 days after our last election. That is during the last week of April, however, my Government has a vision, the voters have given us a mandate to get started almost immediately. The opening of the National Assembly is a very important occasion, yes there is a great deal of ceremony and that is also very important. The ceremony underscores the seriousness and the traditional significance of the moment. It is also an important reminder of the task that lies before us.”

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