St. Kitts-Nevis political leaders join the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and other regional heads in mourning the passing of former President and Prime Minister His Excellency Arthur N R Robinson. HE Robinson, 87, died Wednesday, April 9 at St. Clair Medical Hospital where he’d been a patient for about a month. The statesman was the only person to have served in the capacity of both President and Prime Minister of the twin island republic- President from 1997-2003 and Prime Minister from 1986-1991. Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar described Robinson’s passing as “a great loss to this country”. She said he had served with distinction and was “a true national hero”. St. Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas paid tribute to the former Head of State, saying “he has earned a special place in the annals of Caribbean history”. “I am honored to have known and worked with him,”PM Douglas said. Leader of the Opposition coalition in St. Kitts-Nevis Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris extended condolences to the family of the late leader and the people of Trinidad and Tobago. He referred to Robinson as one of Trinidad’s most renowned and illustrious public servants who served the people of the twin island state passionately. “The distinguished Caribbean statesman set a high standard of decorum, civility, integrity and service which all political leaders should try to emulate,”he said. HE Arthur Robinson will be laid to rest in a full State funeral, the date of which is yet to be announced as the government liaises with Robinson’s family in its planning.
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