St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party delegates vote overwhelmingly to expel Dwyer Astaphan

Former minister Mr. Dwyer Astaphan (right) with former PAM minister Mr. Richard Caines at a recent march in Basseterre (photo by Erasmus Williams)

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 15TH 2011 (CUOPM) – The St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party voted overwhelmingly Sunday afternoon to expel former Labour Party Minister of National Security and Tourism, Justice and Legal Affairs, Mr. Dwyer Astaphan from the political organisation.

A resolution presented to the party at the 79th Annual Conference noted that the former political candidate for the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party and former Minister in the Labour Party Administration, Dwyer Astaphan, since January 2009 has been holding the policies of the Labour Party Government under constant political attack even though many of the policies he is attacking were not only supported by but also recommended by him when he was a member of the government.

It noted that Astaphan has been attempting to undermine the Labour Party “by his unrelenting political attacks on our National Political Leader, Cde. Dr. Denzil Douglas, and has been colluding with Richard Caines, a former Minister of the PAM Party, and other members and supporters of that Party to undermine the St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party and government and promote PAM’s chances to form the next government.

“Whereas Dwyer Astaphan is not abiding by the aims, objects, policies and programme of the Party, which provides ground for expulsion, BE IT RESOLVED that Dwyer Astaphan be expelled with due process, from the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party,” said the resolution which was overwhelmingly supported at the Conference of delegates, the highest decision making body.

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