Number 949 • Friday, January 4, 2013

Sir Edmund Lawrence Sworn in as Governor General
By LK Hewlett
 
Sir Edmund Lawrence and the Federal Cabinet
 
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Sir Edmund Lawrence has been sworn in as the third Governor General of St. Kitts and Nevis since becoming an independent nation in 1983.

On January 2nd Sir Edmund swore the Oaths of Office and Allegiance in front of the nation’s top government officials, resident Diplomatic and Consular Corps, visiting dignitaries, family and friends. He replaced Sir Cuthbert Sebastian who retired on January 1 after 17 years of service.

Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas said he was proud to have been afforded the opportunity to have known and worked with Sir Edmund and to have recommended him to Queen Elizabeth II for the lofty post.

He shared the accomplishments and contributions of Sir Edmund Lawrence in explaining why his assuming the role of Governor General is so important for the people of St. Kitts and Nevis at this particular time.

“In all that he undertakes, and in the execution of any responsibility that he assumes Sir Edmund Lawrence’s unwavering modus operandi is always and without exception, the pursuit of excellence,” PM Douglas extolled.

“It is this fact and reality that makes his assumption of the role of Governor General such an important and positive development for all of us.”

Sir Edmund vowed he would be faithful, true and loyal to the Oaths he had just sworn adding that he had been given a great honor and privilege to serve the people of St. Kitts and Nevis.

“I come into the office that I now assume by the wish of the government the consensus of the people and the will of God. I am fervently determined to serve wholeheartedly without hesitation, prevarication or mental reservation, so help me God. I will serve with humility, humanity, meekness and selflessness,” the new Head of State vowed.

Sir Edmund said the people could depend on him not to seek his own good but that of his fellow countrymen while in office. He pledged that the Oaths he swore would be his “guide and compass” in office to help him follow the path of truth and principle.

Following the orations Sir Edmund, who had acted as Governor General during Sir Cuthbert’s stint, was saluted during his first Guard of Honor as the nation’s Head of State.

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